History represents many things, and hence history has the maximum chance of misrepresenting as well. But if people go by the facts represented in the history books, it would not even take a minute to come to the decision that men were everything in all the significant events and battles, and women had hardly any role to play. But is this possible? When it has been proved that the existence of either of the sexes is not possible without the other, then how come history finds its mention only about the one, and not of the other? So, there’s no point taking history where the presence of men is being taken as granted while the presence of the women is exceptional.
Why is this debate taken at all? This particular fact of representing the both sexes in different ways actually focuses on how history is being written. Since writing history is an art of its own, there will be some common deviations as well. One of the famous historians like Orlando Figes, who has got a completely own perspective about writing history, mentions that nothing can be as politicized as writing history. Generally, the ruling parties have their own historians to tell the world about their past, and in the act of doing it, only the glorified moments are being taken into consideration hiding away all the faults and ill memories.
That is nothing but the deviation from truth. History cannot be as simple as that, and writing down history must have the authentication to make sure the past never gets distorted. History determines your future, and giving the space to women in the stories of the past will actually help in making space for them in future. In most of the cases, the history that is being written in the books never go judged but is believed blindly. Lack of analysis makes history derogatory, and curbs its importance is the progress of the human civilization. So Orlando Figes has always asked his readers to examine whether the history they read is the history that happened.
Narrative plays the most important role in writing down history, and it actually represents an entire culture. Similarly going by the narratives one can easily determine how the culture looks at women. In most of the cases, stories about women are being written by the men, and they are strictly being limited to the secondary roles. Women have always been stereotyped as wives, mothers, and daughters- but they have proved how major their role can be in every single revolution. The figure Florence Nightingale has always come up in everyone’s discussion and her role during the Crimean war cannot be denied by the entire world.
So regardless of what the cultural narratives go, the historians need to go beyond and analyze what the truth is. It is their responsibility to represent the past to their contemporaries because; history does have a major role in determining the future. The sooner it is being accepted, the better it is.