I don’t want my readers to go away from my study wondering what the point was, so I have constructed this list of the larger lessons from my project. Just because history has the possibility to become interesting and applicable within our society doesn’t mean that it will. Certain things need to happen before we can reach the ideal.
Lessons From (Re)Writing History
How do we go about creating a discipline that is interesting to the general public and one that can be applied to modern day issues?
- We need passionate individuals willing to implement change.
- Without people who love history, there will be nobody to convince others of the importance and application of history.
- History is not static.
- While some dates and events may be certain, relationships and how historians view the past is always changing. Historians constantly argue and debate about how things happened. The percetion that history is a dry and pointless chronological list needs to be switched out for one that sees the intricacy of the event being studied. Historians must pay attention to minute details, all to construct their own image of how the past happened.
- Language is central to changing the connotation of history.
- Without a linguistic shift concerning the study of history, there is no way to change they way that people think about the subject.
- Multimedia must be incorporated even deeper into historical learning.
- To make history interesting to younger generation, we need new ways of viewing the past. If we want an application for our work, we must use the web.
- History needs a personal connection.
- Students often have trouble connecting to the big picture when displayed as raw data. Incorporating a human element into historical study will help people connect with what they are learning about.
If these conditions exist, history can become a subject that everyone attributes importance to.
The pages following this one contain my sources and a guide to sharing this project and spreading the word.