I’ve had this written on a note stuck to my wall for a while now, so I thought I should share it on the eve of my first last exam.
Judith Apter Klinghoffer & Lois Elkis:
As all historical events are essentially unique, they come to resemble the individual pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. It is the role of the historian to assemble the pieces and reveal the picture.
Though this is a lovely image, we must remember the downside to trying to make information fit preconceived ideas.
Consequently, occurrences that do not fit into an established pattern are either exiled to the periphery of historic discourse or reshaped in a manner which explains away their unruliness.