"Objectivity is impossible and it is also undesirable. That is, if it were possible it would be undesirable, because if you have any kind of a social aim, if you think history should serve society in some way; should serve the progress of the human race; should serve justice in some way, then it requires that you should make your selection on the basis of what you think will advance causes of humanity."
~ Howard Zinn (One of academia's favorite historians.)
And there's more:
"I wanted my writing of history and my teaching of history to be a part of social struggle. I wanted to be a part of history and not just a recorder and teacher of history. So that kind of attitude towards history, history itself as a political act, has always informed my writing and my teaching." ~ Howard Zinn
"Serious"? "Sophisticated"? Please.
Of course, this attitude applies to a lot of what we see in modern Civil War studies. More to come later.