What is History?

History shares a trait with its fellow humanity studies in the respect that it is highly subject to the trends and influential personalities of the time it was established. Though the same may be said for the construction of the other humanities, the recollection of History is interesting in the respect that its record is more commonly biased toward the powerful groups of the time, as they retain the capability and privilege of recording history to reflect their favor. Whether or not this is an advertent bias on part of the groups who write the history, there is at the very least some degree of other demographics and marginalized groups losing their narrative in a considerably more difficult and oppressive position. History in itself is a topic dynamic because of the enumerable facets of the world which it can account for, and thus creates a complicated reflection of history subject to the inherent and immeasurable dynamics of the voices who attempt to interpret and analyze the previous ones.
Following this proposed account of history, what we regard to be history is weightily affected by the dominant voices to then be further complicated by the later use of separate persons with their own respective biases, objectives, and theories of that which they are studying. Despite if this new voice with proposed new interpretations follows the pattern of relative inequality with a great deal of historical accounts or contributes to the constantly building narrative of marginalized groups, our interpretations of history are persistently subject to the motives of the user, both in utilization and interpretation. Though this may create some sense of confusion and potential hopelessness in the strive for an unbiased account of the human past, it emphasizes the importance of our evaluation and acceptance of the information which we are given regardless of context. With all of this in consideration, history is what we make it. But what we make of it demands a much greater attention to the detail of who “we” necessarily means.

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