This essay reflects on historiographical questions that are related to the fact that we write history of that which is still remembered by living persons, which, in practical terms, poses questions of conflicts of interest. Going through different sources of cooperation and conflict, I argue that the question of bias that overshadows the historiography of the contemporary is a Scheinproblem that emerges if one avoids the ethical questions of these conflicts of interest.
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