History is not just the study of the human past; it is the rigorous analysis and interpretation of the past. Not only does history involve investigation and inquiry, it also requires an active historical imagination to enable the historian to use all forms of evidence to better understand the past. The challenge for all historians (as well as history teachers and students) is to make historical sense out of the evidence at their disposal to explain change and continuity over time. Of course not everyone interprets evidence in the same way as aptly demonstrated by Farish Noor’s discussion of the “Colony versus Protectorate” debate. While national histories taught in schools may be the foundation upon which nation-states are built, the fact remains that history, as a discipline, remains the most politically contested discursive terrain among the humanities.