A Prolegomenon to the Researchers of the History of Physical Culture

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Summary

Truth, problems, research

In his search for the truth, every history researcher often encounters the difficulties of methodological nature.

A very complex path, which is, in case of history researchers, more difficult and complicated, due to a number of obstacles, leads to a discovery of truth.

However, what exactly is the truth and how much do we need it nowadays, who wants it and is there a desire to discover the truth? These questions are not easy to answer.

What are we faced with and what are the most common problems in the research of the history of physical culture? What makes us make omissions, errors and mistakes?

  1. Hasting and hurrying to complete the papers, when we, often faced with short deadlines, fail to meet all methodological requirements.

  2. Using the information from the papers by other authors is taken for granted, without adequate verification, assuming their reliability, and if the information is inaccurate, it results in multiplying inaccurate information which thus becomes an inaccurate secondary source to the next researcher.

  3. In our research we are sometimes unable to distance ourselves from our nation, religion and politics and we therefore tend to overestimate the achievements by our own people.

  4. We do not always pay enough attention to or we neglect or do not consider the economic, political, historical, cultural and other conditions under which an event occurred as well as their interrelations and their impact on the studied issue.

  5. In research we often exclude comparative studies on the development and achievements of European countries and Serbia in all aspects of political, economic and cultural life.

  6. Professional and scientific papers’ review is easily accepted and taken for granted since, due to the authors’ deadlines, we are often under pressure and forced to assess the suggested work without thorough and adequate consideration.

For the aforesaid reasons, we therefore advocate a more cautious and more serious approach to the research of the past in order to avoid mistakes and inaccuracies.

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