Discussing changes in Historical Methods Over Time

Author: Devan W. Eastman-Pittam

In The Invention of Air (Johnson, 2008, p. 18-19) electricity was thought of as a parlor trick with things like shows where you see a strung up kid have floating hair from static before it was put to use in new technology like light bulbs and the telegram but now is recorded as fundamental for our modern society showing differences in the way history is viewed. There were three views of science that are mainly thought of in the text that can show some of the way history has changed being recorded. For the cumulative view (Johnson, 2008, p. 30) ideas build on one another and you advance as you build on previous work leading to new ideas and theories. For the paradigm view you can look to the work of Thomas Kuhn as discussed in (Johnson, 2008, p. 32) where he believed instead of linear growth developments happened in blocks or paradigm shifts where one piece of rapid growth happened in an area before a new discovery is made and a new paradigm of that time is unleashed. Finally the ecosystem view which is a sort of structure where you look at the links between things from the macroscopic to microscopic in terms of closeness to a subject to analyze history, for example values vs your environment. (Johnson, 2008, p. 33)

My take would be that as we have upgraded our ability to write and record history we have become more methodical with our recordings and have taken a broad scope. For example in the past most history would be only major battles and famous people and would not look at the whole situation of the people as much as we do in the modern world for context of the total situation at the time.

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