Map-Like/Story-Like in History

by Jasmine on September 12, 2016

History is more story-like than map-like, as mentioned in previous blogposts, there are gaps in history that needs to be filled in by historians as there aren’t primary sources available for them, which is why historians need to use imagination and empathy to construct an event. This is one of the many reasons why I would categorize history in the story-like category, rather than being in the map-like category.

Secondly, stories can be viewed in many different perspectives, based on who is “reading” the story. This could be applied to history to, different people who have different backgrounds and personal histories, and they are going to interpret it different ways. Whereas if history is considered map like, then there would only be one way to interpret it, there won’t be different opinions no matter ones background, there also wouldn’t be the so-called “bias” which history is known have.

Finally, is that stories are supposed to be very interesting to read, including many unexpected turn of events, this is exactly what history is. History includes unpredictable events which is why historians choose to study history – there are many instances where there’s a “plot twist” in history, which makes the “story” interesting.

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