Historians of Today
In the Netherlands today (1st October 2019), thousands of Dutch farmers descended on the capital to protest
against onerous environmental restrictions that threaten their livelihoods.
The demonstrations were sparked after the coalition government proposed that “Dutch livestock farming should be slashed to meet commitments on reducing nitrogen emissions,” reports Dutch News NL.
Farmers travelled to the Hague in their tractors, causing tailbacks in excess of 620 miles and huge traffic jams around and in the city.
History writers: these are the kind of events that future historians will mark as pivotal moments in European history, regardless of how the future unfolds. How can the 'historians of today' record such events impartially? Should they even do so?
Consider how our knowledge of early Viking raids into Britain are skewed by the (understandable) bias of the people who reported it; what legacy of knowledge are we leaving for the historians of tomorrow?