Every text has a context. Every vista has a viewpoint. As C. Gregg Singer contends: "It is impossible to understand completely the history of a nation apart from the philosophies and ideologies which lie at the heart of its intellectual life." What this means, as Richard Weaver has aptly expressed it, is that "ideas have consequences."
Samson, Steven Alan, "Models of Historical Interpretation" (1994). Faculty Publications and Presentations. Paper 4.