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Response to Review of Revisionist Histories

Thank you to Dr Melrose for reviewing Revisionist Histories, and for his strong reaction to the work. The review brought to mind my comments in the conclusion (p. 120) that in our world: ‘histories are pushed aside, turned upside down, suspended, incised, truncated, overwritten, punctured, stretched and collapsed. They are deemed to be too narrow, too broad, too big, too small, too distant, too close, too dynamic and too fixed’.
It seems that my book is too small, too wide, too fast and too trendy. It also seems that I have failed to establish the rules for revision in history. These designations beg a question untouched in the review, which is posed right at the start of the book: what do we expect a history to be, and what ethical decisions do we make in answering it?