The Ten Pieces Of Knowledge

1080 WordsDec 15, 20165 Pages
Ten pieces of knowledge I deem valuable. I chose very few specific historical facts, but instead tried to keep general since I believe that having a proper framework for analyzing history is much more important than merely giving facts 1) Culture, language, and religion never static. For example, 2,000 years ago the English were tribal pagans living in Northern Germany and the English they spoke would be gibberish to a modern English speaker. 2) There is no one version of history. It is important when studying history to keep a critical eye out for potential biases. 3) There is much more in history that we do not know than what we do. Unfortunately, most people who have ever lived were illiterate so there is a vast amount of information lost in time. Furthermore, even during times when literacy was more common, due to historical biases, embellishment, and propaganda it is often very difficult to discern the truth. 4) History is connected. People like to categorize history into eras and regions, but this is too simplistic. People born in the early renaissance would have had no idea that they were living in a different historical era than their grandparents. 5) History is not written by the winners. History is written by those who can write and whose writings have been preserved. 6) Ancient Greece was not a single state. I hear many people confuse speak as if ancient Greece was a single political entity. I believe that since ancient Greece is so important people should
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