Is history "HIS" Story ?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    That's a really loaded question :-D

    If you mean this literally, then no; the words "his" and "history" are not etymologically related.

    If you meant it more in a general way, then there's a lot more to say.

    History is always from the perspective of those who wrote it of course, and it's difficult (if not impossible) for humans to be objective, so to a degree you can certainly say this - that history is "HIS" story.

    Typically, in most countries, history is written by and taught from the perspective of the nation's conquerors/colonizers/hegemonic group/whateveryouwanttocallit. In the US this is usually constituted by heterosexual, white, young(ish), male, well-off, able-bodied, Protestants. Because of this, the experiences/plights of "minorities" (homosexual, non-white, old(er), female, poor, differently-abled/handicapped, and/or non-Protestant Christians) are largely underscored and often overlooked altogether. History, coming from a certain point of view, is often negligent to different or opposing points of view.

    So saying "History is 'HIS' story" is just 'cute' because History contains the word "his", but History, demonstrably, has plenty of other biases to choose from as well. You can never forget that daily life is structured around both individual and group identity and the larger forces of politics, economics, and society/culture. The more we section ourselves through identity (see the multitude of categories above that help structure personal/group identity, solidarity, and action) the more segmented, biased, and even multiple does history become, as it is written. However, even though a plethora of popular groups gives us more views of history, the body of knowledge we obtain from our schooling is still fairly traditional, and (almost) always begins with a foundation in the "typical" point of view as described above.

    You should read "A People's History of the United States". While the author is still male, he writes about US history from the people's point of view, as opposed to the usual top-down point of view (reading about these things from a more governmental, overarching standpoint). Most importantly, he not only constructs history from a people's point of view, but from that of the disadvantaged/pillaged/subordinated/etc. Rather than referencing government documents to construct history, he took social (sociopolitical, socioeconomic, socioracial, etc.) records, journals, etc. to see what the people were saying instead of what the government chose to officially document.

    You have to understand that history is a construction. Of course events have to actually happen, but the ways in which truths about these events are spoken of and documented (the ways in which discourse becomes popular and what parts of truth typically have a chance of being popularly recognized) ultimately affect our understanding of history.

    For a few minor examples:

    1.) In the US, people argue about when the first Thanksgiving was, and traditionalists often find this almost blasphemous, as if the country would have to rethink the entire past surrounding the holiday if new information conflicts with the images/information that come to mind when we think of "Thanksgiving".

    2.) Again in the US, Martin Luther King Day was debated for about 13 years (1970s through 1983) before Regan signed the bill accepting it (though reluctantly), and it was first observed in 1986. MLK died 18 years earlier, in 1968. Though there were deep sociopolitical issues surrounding the decision (particularly race), the hesitation also had much to do with America's reluctance to put forth an image that celebrated blackness in this way (even though you do have to also take into account that black history month was first established in 1976).

    One could say that the quintessential moment, at which point the US allowed for a black image to represent the country, came in 1983 (same year Regan signed the bill for MLK day), when Vanessa Williams became the first African American to win the Miss America contest. Yes, it may sound odd to some, but Miss America contests are highly political...especially considering that the NEXT prize determines which country has the most beautiful/talented/etc. woman, Miss Universe. In my opinion, the sociopolitical nature of these contests is actually best signified in some Latin American/South American countries (Venezuela in particular) as well as the US, but that's for another conversation. The point is that, historically, we do not think back to these moments as symptomatic of larger (slow) changes taking place within US society over time, and instead focus our attention at Emancipation and Civil Rights as moments of immense and immediate change. However, neither of these engendered an immediate change, nor are we at a perfect point today in race-relations; in the latter example of MLK it took 16 years to formally recognize his contribution, though the Civil Rights Movement had ended at least a decade before (the exact year is debatable).

    So while we like to think of history as "the past", it is most often very carefully measured before "historic" events take place, and this has a lot to do with those in power. While the people do have marginal power by their numbers and "representative democracy" in the US, "power" and historic action are mostly influenced by the same (type of) people who write history books after-the-fact.

    "Is history 'his' story?"...depends on your point of view :-D

    In the name of objectivity, "yes" is a partial answer as, again, there are other hegemonic influences at work. Ultimately, the attempt is to make it "our" story and present it as such, but we know that this can have (especially sociological) repercussions because human subjectivity does not typically allow us to consider all "us's" and "thems" at once. Could the country do a better job of presenting history? Most certainly. Are there biases inherent in the construction of history? Definitely. Will/can it ever be perfect? Nothing can, but that doesn't prevent anyone from trying and improving on the process/structure/discourses surrounding and making up OURstory.

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  • 4 years ago

    His Story

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  • The etymology (or origin) of the word "history" goes back LONG before there was an English language, and therefore "history" is NOT "HIS" story. "History" has its roots in Latin and Greek. In Latin, HISTORIA meant "narrative, account, tale or story." In Greek, HISTORIA meant "a learning or knowing by inquiry, history, record, narrative."

    The pronoun "His" did not come into regular use until 1600. It originally was also the neuter possessive pronoun, but of course that has been since replaced by "its."

    I hope this helps. Check out some of the sources below!

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  • 5 years ago

    history story

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  • 5 years ago

    Since God Created Everything.

    Everything includes the English, Latin, and Greek Languages, (and etc, various other Languages) and the letters it takes to spell all words.

    Jesus is the Word. The Word was around before Earth was Created.

    His story or History is all that is really important for every creature to hear the GOOD NEWS which is the GOSPEL.

    God s Story is all that really matters.

    Life would not be what it is without HIS-Story. Learn from the History. The best selling Book of ALL TIME IS THE BIBLE.

    Take time now to read about God creating Man in His Image. Allowing man to have FREE WILL. Watched Man Fall. God tried to correct things during the Flood when Noah was told to build an ark.

    The birth of Jesus occurred at precisely the right time. God sent His Son Jesus to be a sacrifice for all man kind. Jesus paid the SIN debt for all mankind. It is up to each person to accept Jesus as their Savior and Sacrifice for Sin and repent and be a new creature. With God s Help Mankind can live a Righteous Life. Because Jesus gave us his Righteousness. We just have to change our thinking to GOD s way of thinking. Join Millions of your fellow NEW CREATURES WHO BELIEVE IN THE WORK OF JESUS ON THE CROSS AT CALVARY AND RECEIVE GOD S GOODNESS AND INHERITANCE OF ETERNAL LIFE.


    • Dee3 years agoReport

      Perhaps read up on the history of religion and why it was invented. Think also about the fact that all religions have the same dates and similar stories. Think about man before printing, before writing, before cooking, what man would do and what man would look at....the stars. I wish you well

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  • 5 years ago


    Is history "HIS" Story ?

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  • 5 years ago

    if by "his" story you mean His, God/Jesus/The Holy Spirit, then yes

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's our story.

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  • ya ofcouse!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Hell Yeah!!!!

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