In the second chapter and on page 50 of The Historian’s Craft, Marc Bloch writes, “I ask questions. I note, compare, and compute answers.” Though he was talking about things happening in the present, it applies to history. It spoke to me in particular, because it gives me an idea of how to write the upcoming paper. I will have to ask questions about why I think the Fall of Rome occurred and why I think that is the cause. Since there are many sources, I will have to compare all of them and draw a conclusion, according to Bloch.
In the third chapter, on page 111, Bloch writes, “depending upon the circumstances, agreement of one testimony with the other testimonies may lead to opposite conclusions.” This means something to me, because it explains that the information I find may not be exactly what had happened, but it can give me a good idea of what did. This is also helpful, because I will definitely find that the people have different views on the actual outcome. It is something to look back on when comparing different sources.
In chapter four, on page 145, Bloch writes about a certain inscription. Nothing very important, but it was written for a reason. He says, “Yet, nothing can be more variegated than the evidences which there await the probing of the scholar’s lancet.” This urges me to think about how to begin looking at the evidence. I makes me want to start with looking for evidence of certain incidences, so I can break it down. After I break it down, I will definitely be able to compare and contrast all of the gathered sources.