Understanding History in Today’s World
History in today’s world requires an understanding of the past. Or as I like to say, context is everything when doing comparisons. My point is: avoid history books that condense down a subject or a historical documentary on a TV channel. Go to the source: read newspaper articles from the time period. You’ll get a firmer understanding of the time period. How did journalists view the world then? What about letters to the editor, what were people saying at the time. When you read it in their words, the pictured becomes clearer.
I’m working on something that will be posted in sections. I don’t do comparisons, especially historical ones. That’ll give you an idea of where I’m going with all this.