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History, societal history.  ---  .This section is about history of society.  Topics include:   ---  1/24/2006

History, societal history.  ---  History of masses.  (1) Importance or significance of an event depends on how many people it affects (directly or indirectly), how much it affects them (positively or negatively), cumulatively into the future.  Examples of positive events: Civil rights movements. Examples of negative events: Hitler, Pol Pot.     (2) Pop culture historians would argue that what is important is the way most people live their lives, regardless of whether there are any major changes occurring.  The lives of the masses is what matters most, not the lives of the rich or powerful, nor the artists, scientists, inventors or philosophers, nor the avant garde or leading edge, nor the villains.  And a view of history not as change for better or worse but as day to day repetitious monotony.  Not very exciting.  ---  12/30/2003

History, societal history.  ---  Pop culture history.  Let's say you are interested in pop culture history.  The history of the masses.  The history of the "average" citizen.  And let's say that, as a result, you spend your time studying reruns of "I Love Lucy".  What have you accomplished except to determine that lots of people waste their time watching goofy sitcoms?  ---  12/1/2004

History, societal history.  ---  Pop culture history.  When people do a history of pop culture they are doing a history of an aspect of culture or society.  ---  12/12/2004

History, societal history.  ---  Societal or cultural history.  What are the methods used to gather, organize and disseminate information about the history of a society or culture?  The society can be analyzed in terms of politics and law, economics and business, science and technology, the arts, etc.  ---  12/12/2004

History, societal history.  ---  World history.  (1) Why study the history of the world?  For health.  For knowledge.  For truth and justice.  (2) How study the history of the world?  Chronological approach.  Geographical approach.  Subject approach.  Read books.  Watch the news.  Watch documentaries.  Talk with witnesses.  ---  6/6/2004

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