I am aware that the "narrative vs. narration" issue has emerged again. However, my question is a bit more specific.
When it comes to history and historiography and, in specific, to making reference to a certain "history of x institution from then to then", should we use "The present narrative... ", "The present narration... ", or something else - i.e. account, or recital?
The reason for my asking is the following: besides referring to a specific literature form, narrative in postmodern theory has come to denote that a certain approach (theory etc.) is "ideologically charged" and thus bears mythical elements - i.e. the "great narratives of the 20th century", the "Marxist narrative", etc.
Therefore, when one wants to refer to a scientific historical account of events, does it not undermine the validity and objectivity of the work to call it a "narrative"? Is not narration more proper a term?