Peace is to historians “what good news is to journalists,” Cannadine writes.
She struck back at the “professional” historians more than once over a long and distinguished career.
For the true story of the Soviet Union, he said, we would have to wait for the historians to tell us "what really happened."
mid-15c., from Middle French historien (14c.), from Latin historia (see history). As "writer of history in the higher sense" (distinguished from a mere annalist or chronicler), from 1530s. The Old English word was þeod-wita.
[T]he historian's fallacy is the error of assuming that a man who has a given historical experience knows it, when he has had it, to be all that a historian would know it to be, with the advantage of historical perspective. [David Hackett Fischer, "Historians' Fallacies," 1970]