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  • Does History Repeat Itself The Holocaust
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    The Holocaust: Does History Repeat Itself The Holocaust was a period in time lasting from 1933-1945, where Adolph Hitler tried to exterminate people that he considered to be inferior to him. He wanted his country to be full of Arians, his perception of the perfect person. An Arian is described as a blonde haired blue-eyed person. More recently, history teachers in Germany are trying to avoid teaching about this event that killed close to 12 million Jews, homosexuals, invalids, and gypsies. Why i...
  • Their National History
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    History is told through a filter. Whether it is the filter of a persons mind or of a writer's pen. Events such as the assassination of JFK, or for my generation the explosion of the Challenger have a way of burning themselves in our minds. We remember where we were, what we were doing, even what we were wearing. One would think that the details of such an event would remain fairly accurate from person to person, however this is untrue. As in the example given in the reading selection after the C...
  • Historians Evidence
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    "A historian must combine the rigor of a scientist with the imagination of the artist". To what extend, then, can the historian be confident about his or her conclusions? History has always been a subject that is looked upon by many as a very controversial and biased one. In History people can have disagreements. One historian can believe that an event in the past happened in a certain way while another can think it happened differently. This is because history is a matter of interpretation as w...
  • Huang's Look At The Events Of 1587
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    The title of Ray Huang's book 1587: A Year of No Significance: The Ming Dynasty Decline suggests that this book is a work based on a single year in which little occurred. But in reality, Huang's look at the events of 1587 demonstrate the complex workings of the leadership during the decline of the Ming dynasty, giving the reader an insight into the societal structure, the governmental process, and the mistakes that occurred systematically to enhance the progression towards the seemingly inevitab...
  • Literature Of The Alternate History Genre
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    Is there such a thing as fate Are all of the events that occurred throughout history inevitable in their outcomes Of course not. That is the reason why history is studied so extensively, so that we may learn from those past events in order to sculpt our own future. Nonetheless, a prevalent question that has arisen from such studies is that which asks "What if... ". With that, one finds themselves inquiring into the genre of alternate history. In such pieces of literature, the world is viewed as ...
  • Thinkers Of The Enlightenment
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    Every event is significant to history, if one event is taken away then many events after that time would be altered. The thinkers of the Enlightenment played a major role in American history. With their ways of thinking they caused the people of the colonies to revolt against the motherland, Great Britain. In the 18th century many great thinkers arose causing what is now known as the Age of Enlightenment. These great thinks are called philiosophes. The philiosophes believed that the government n...
  • Hope And Reality In History
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    "History is part myth, part hope and part reality". History is, by definition, an account of what had happened in the past. One may wonder then how it can be anything but the truth. Most often, "History is written by the winners"; thus, the accounts of historical events are, from the beginning, biased. Though biases infiltrate History from its initiation, this is not the only way in which History is tainted. Throughout the years, History is retold, reinterpreted and changed becoming little more ...
  • Use Of Oral Tradition In Archeology
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    North American Indians did not have a writing system present prior to the arrival of the Europeans. Instead they used oral tradition as an instrument to preserve their culture, beliefs and knowledge about their past. These traditions were passed on verbally either in narratives or in songs from generation to generation. Today, these oral traditions are highly controversial. With the rise of modern archeology, archeologists are keen in reconstructing the aboriginal past. There are two extremes of...
  • Our History The More Important Part
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    That history contains errors, will not come as news to a person who has reflected on the topic. The very first history, a Greek one, History of Herodotus, written around 450 BC, likely had quite a number of fictional details so as to effect its purpose. 1 Those parts of our history which are suspected to be fiction are, at least, through research and comparison, salvageable. What, however, is possibly more disturbing than the realization that, in general and throughout, our history is wrong (a s...
  • Reader Of History
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    What is History? The definition of history, is a question which has sparked international debate for centuries between the writers, readers, and the makers of history. In the words of acclaimed historian Edward Gibbon, "History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind. ' A more romantic view on the subject was taken by Cicero. He said, "History is the witness that testifies the passing of time. It illuminates reality, vitalizes memory, provides gu...

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