Monday, June 8, 2009

Battling The Deception Of Linearity

The Problem With History:

This becomes the problem of history – at least for me. It is often told in a linear fashion (”discuss the three main causes of the Civil War,” the history test asked). But such an accounting never really does justice to the truth of any event. Every telling, if it is told truly, has a “multivalent” character – it means more than it says because nothing is every simply linear.

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