This is an image from the movie "Eye in the sky". It shows the protagonist recording and connecting events and characters to uncover patterns, a great example of how creating context can help us understand events. Recording and sharing historical events in context is powerful. In this post I will discuss the importance of our KBucket crowd sourced platform for recording History!
History is defined as the study of past events but in reality history is alive, and events of history resonate and effect the present. I am sure you have heard the adage "Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it". For this reason recording and sharing history is an effective method of uncovering patterns, and will go a long way in helping people learn from the past.
Thucydides the author of "History of the Peloponnesian war" is assumed to have written the first true history having participated in it. Using his status as an exile from Athens to travel freely among the Peloponnesian allies, he was able to view the war from the perspective of both sides.
"I lived through the whole of it, being of an age to comprehend events, and giving my attention to them in order to know the exact truth about them. It was also my fate to be an exile from my country for twenty years after my command at Amphipolis; and being present with both parties, and more especially with the Peloponnesians by reason of my exile, I had leisure to observe affairs somewhat particularly."
There are general understandings and strategies when it comes to recording history as follows:
"Analyses of the History generally occur in one of two camps. On the one hand, some scholars view the work as an objective and scientific piece of history. The judgment of J. B. Bury reflects his traditional interpretation of the work: "[The History is] severe in its detachment, written from a purely intellectual point of view, unencumbered with platitudes and moral judgments, cold and critical."
On the other hand, in keeping with more recent interpretations that are associated with reader-response criticism, the History can be read as a piece of literature rather than an objective record of the historical events. This view is embodied in the words of W. R. Connor, who describes Thucydides as "an artist who responds to, selects and skillfully arranges his material, and develops its symbolic and emotional potential.""
Imagine a crowd sourced platform where every activist, student, historian, investigative journalist and researcher recorded and shared their events of history. This doesn't have to be just political, but applies to all subject matters. What matters is that the curators are knowledgeable of the subject matter and that their selection of sources and topics help inform us of a larger truth!
We have designed our curation solution for the purpose of recording, archiving and sharing a large number of links. Curators will link to articles, tag each topic for easy categorization and add their own summary of the article to make it easy for themselves and others to uncover patterns. Each user can open a free account and share their research on the KBucket platform.
Our authoring tool, Kauthor makes it real easy to record the events of history through news clippings and personal essays as they occur. Depending on your methodology you can either add your own personal comments to each item you curate, or simply use a section of the article to summarize what occurs to you as relevant and important in that article.
Here are 3 examples of historical events recorded by KBucket. What do you think about these?
You can record your personal history and your interest today. To get started just launch Firefox and click on the Download button to get the Kauthor extension.
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