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With the historian the case is different. HIs facts belong to the past, and the past is gone forever. We cannot reconstruct it; we cannot waken it to a new life in a mere physical, objective sense. All we can do is to "remember" it--give it a new existence.

What exactly does "a new existence" mean here? Why does it exist though we cannot reconstruct it?
 

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We give life to the past through recalling it. If we forget, then it's dead. ;-)
 

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tdol said:
We give life to the past through recalling it. If we forget, then it's dead. ;-)

I see.

Thanks, tdol! :)
 
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