Periodizing History Persuasive Essay by Top Papers

Periodizing History
A review of articles by Jerry H. Bailey and Eviatar Zerubavel on the "periodization" of history.
# 141132 | 750 words | 0 sources | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in History (General)

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The paper looks at how Jerry H. Bailey and Eviatar Zerubavel have articles discussing the "periodization" of history- the idea that since time runs so continuously, historians somehow needed to break these eras up into distinct and discrete time segments. The paper posits, however, that the problem seems to be "lumping" eras together and asserts that Zerubavel uses the time prior to Columbus as "pre-Colombian" where everything from art to architecture to religion, etc. is "lumped" together as if it were simply one amalgamation instead of separate developments.

From the Paper:

"The fact that time flows continuously and that there are no actual breaks separating the seemingly discrete chunks of history is a somewhat misleading statement for those who prefer a certain order in history. While time may flow continuously, one prefers to know the exact time, the hour and minute, the AM or PM of certain events. In the same way, those who study history cannot deem it to be merely one continuous growth or decline. The pre-Columbian Age stands apart, as does the Neolithic age, the so-called Iron and Bronze Ages, as much as we define the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and the 1960s and 1970s."

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