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Otero Javier Otero IFS 2005 John Marincola 10 February 2016 Paper One In the excerpt by Peter Burke, he informs the reader on how memories made by society help dictate the outcome of how history is interpreted. He also expresses the importance of the role of the historian, and how it is his job to interpret the memories of society. Burke explains that history and memory are two different categories and both play a particular role when it comes to writing about the past. He also believes that distinctive social groups have their own interpretation (their memory of an event) of how certain events took place; therefore, it is important for historians to make an educated decision on how to translate these memories. Burke fully believes that society plays a role in how history is portrayed, but it is the historian’s responsibility to make a truthful explication of the events. Burke uses Halbwachs description of collective memory to highlight his point on social construct and written history. He also emphasizes on the
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