Post by davidconstable on Oct 23, 2016 11:12:53 GMT
Sorry the post totally missed out the text below, I hope.
What is history, and when does it start?
Sorry this is a bit out of subject, it is not about DBA or warfare, just random thoughts.
Last week with some friends I went down a country lane in the UK, I have not been down the lane for 35 years. You used to be able to see buildings, fields, woods etc, no longer, the hedge and trees are now so bad that you can tell if a house is there only if you stop and look over the front gates. In 300 years most of the trees and bushes will have gone, and the view will be what I remember.
Now in 300 years if somebody reads my account, it will be correct, but one written this year will be wrong, as a source will it be ignored or considered dubious?
This set me thinking about the old Fanaticus sight and all the information stored on computers etc, how much will be lost, how much has already been lost in old Victorian books.
Also remember that History is often written by the winning side.
This is a statement I would always question as quite often a source can be corrupted to flatter or discredit or simply offer alternative motives.
For instance even WW2 sources can conflict with each other...the books A Bridge to Far and It Never Snows in September are full of eye witness accoynts from both sides that ultimatley conflict whilst describing the same events.
I don't know when 'history' started but, in English law, 'time immemorial' began on 6th July 1189AD - the date of King Richard I's accession to the throne. IIRC it means, briefly, that if you had any property before that date then you did not have to prove ownership.