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Historians are not objective. They don’t simply reconstruct history: they construct it. The historians’ subjectivity already becomes perceptible at the starting point of the historical interpretation, namely when questions concerning their sources are posed by them. Although this is not a new realization, many older interpretations of the „political history“, which is regarded as antiquated, are not analyzed critically, but are taken as historical facts. A good example for this is Amenhotep II. With the focus always put on the same sources, he is characterised repeatedly as an exaggerating, cruel and barbarous king. His military campaigns seem to pale in comparison to the wars of his victorious father, Thutmose III. But in a broader context, some of Amenhoteps so-called barbarous acts appear to be comprehensible.