Ask any student about their favorite subject, and you would find the recurrent mention of subjects like Math, Physics, Mechanics and much more. But History would find its mention only a few times. Now it is important to take a note that why at all the subject History is not being taken up by students at large when compared to the rest of the science subjects. When researched about the adjectives that are associated with the subject, it is very painful to mention some of them. Who is responsible for the growth of such an attitude on behalf of the students? Where lies in the fault?
Orlando Figes, who has been given the tag of a historical journalist, has always kept the approach of making History is a pleasurable read. Instead of just scribbling down the same old facts and lines, he has delved into developing the subject to a readable one. In order to do so, the approach while writing down history needs to be changed, and there are certain ways to do so as well. The best of the historical writing should not just be analytical, but also precise, accurate and interesting. Definitely, extensive research and development is the key to writing down any historical incident, but apart from that which makes the real difference is the narrative adopted by the historians.
In order to make sense of the evidence gathered, most of the historians prefer writing it in a drab manner, and that makes it highly incorrigible. Instead, a well-knit narrative would actually give rise to interest among the readers and make it a smooth process. Once the narrative has been made compelling enough, the hardest part comes in- what to incorporate and what not to. Every single incident occurring in the past leaves a different impact on all the individuals who are included in it. And while sitting down to write history, they all will have an individual interpretation of it. That is exactly where history gets politicized, and starts losing its essence in terms of portraying the truth.
In most of the typical history course, each and every individual will face the basic dilemma that is being faced by all the historians. Hence, historians like Orlando Figes who want to bring in a change in how History is being looked upon would suggest taking every single opportunity to not repeat anything that has already been mentioned in other sources, because reiterating the same things restricts the scope of the subject in telling something new. This is exactly why most of the history courses spread across the world put an extra emphasis on the writing part.
The best way of communicating the ideas and drawing conclusions is by writing, and hence historians have a huge responsibility in writing down the History. Argue, fight, come across conflicts, convince and even draw conclusions, but make sure you maintain the authenticity because the history you write today is what the world reads tomorrow. Diverting from truth will only set you apart from knowing what happened, which is a big distress to human civilization.