ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Towards a Humanist Approach to History

Viewed from a humanist perspective conflicts of the past begin to be seen as stages in the slow growth of the human family on a global scale. The victory of an Alexander and the defeat of a Porus, the devastation of Halaku or a Nadir Shah, the compassion of an Ashoka, the statesmanship of an Akbar, the aberrations of a Hitler all become achievements or failures of the human family. With charity for all and malice towards none the historian passes judgment on the deed, rather than the doer. His standard remains consistent, but takes into account that human ideas and ideals are subject to the law of evolutionary growth. In short, his range of sympathy gradually becomes universal instead of remaining congealed at a particular parochial level determined by his birth or early conditioning.

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