A student, archivist, and author of popular fiction. A quixotic hero. Eschews paradox in favor of imposing a coherent, and therefore false, narrative interpretation of the past. Still, without historians we would be even more clueless about our intellectual, political, social, and economic context. Historians create the narratives that shape our sense of heritage and our perception of "who we are." The study of history is therefore both futile and vital.
"Historian - a broad-gauge gossip." -Ambrose Bierce
"History does not repeat itself. Historians repeat each other." -Arthur Balfour