History writing—this is suggested by the thoughts presented here—is only grasped adequately as the interplay between event and narration, for this is the only way that living history can emerge from dead material. It is bound thereby to the traces of the past—to recollections, sources, and documents. These materials become constituent parts of conceptions of history through questioning, interpretation, and integration into overarching connections. History writing as reality interpretation, which is by no means completed with the gathering and examination of facts, is therefore related to myth and tradition as identity-creating entities of communities.
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