Monday, September 6, 2010

Timelines and Distant Courses in History

timelines and distant courses in history:

from what is presented in historical accounts, the inevitable sense that diverse cultures and societies traded certain values over the course of time is held up as a mark of achievement.

ancient cultures were occupied by constructing language as a means of communication, to unite their groups in the way they thought and spoke. this always was a barrier to any kind of social harmony.

the study of labour is a branch of history and the industrialization associated with it. alternatively, leisure activities benefited greatly from the fruits of labour and hard work. people may be divided by what they think but at least they were united in terms of activity.

hard to imagine some particular course in history that developed in isolation may be the case though some individuals may, even though they were more affected, be also clueless. these events may be important as they would explain why the present is as it is.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Focus in History

focus in history:

examining history and its records often surprises us, first the different emphasis in life in the past. from the words used we imagine an altogether alternative world and we become familiar with what those in the past thought about, the large movements, invention and then social concerns.

there are greater themes in history, what obsessed people, be it machines and tools, clothes, or even social progress in the sense that different groups engaged for the first time. to study the greater theme should not exclude consideration of all others, though perhaps what really happened was that life was a circus around the major activity of the time.

there is in people a tendency to be caught up with group interest such that times in the past seem biased and unbalanced now.


Friday, September 3, 2010

Corporate History and Modern Life

corporate history and modern life:

as stated in a previous blog (Power and Person) history and religion are obsessed with the study of the large and powerful. the rise of the large corporation and big business deserves some thought. in modern life, we are surrounded by product from big business, the cars, the foodstuffs, clothes and electronics.

the late 1800's saw the discovery of crude oil and Rockefeller's Standard Oil came to prominence, also the invention of Coca-Cola, for example. people saw in modest beginnings the start of something potentially great and joined in to support these businesses.

developments in science and technology gave rise to wonderful new machines leading to an increase in wealth and living standards. there were periods in history where there was an intense rivalry between factions such that progress was severely halted. after all, business is competitive and ideas scarce.

these large corporate entities impacted on the world to change things forever.