Oral History: An Emerging Trend In Historiography

Rajwinder Kaur


This paper shows the importance of oral history in present day in historiography. With the use of oral sources (interviews), I am trying to explain the event of partition of India in 1947. This is the history from below about the people what they think personally about partition because they suffered most, they lost the lives of their beloved. All written history about partition shows the difficulties of people but why not now we started seemed the history from their own real experiences with partition. When I met them, evaluated their stories I reach on the point that they make an ultimate history, which has so far been ignored by the mainstream historians. Therefore, this paper demonstrates the way how oral history is important in historiography.

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