History Essay

607 WordsSep 24, 20123 Pages
The Hidden Powers of Language. How does the language used to describe the past (for example, a massacre, an incident, a revolt) change history? Does something similar occur when different terms are used to describe natural phenomena (greenhouse effect, global warming, sustainable development) or human behavior (refugee, asylum seeker)? The language used to write history is totally based on opinion. The author or Historian writing an article is free to play with his language and tone when writing his piece. In other words what is written and understood from a history article is based on the Historian’s background and beliefs of the situation. For example a historian can choose to call a war event that took place in history a massacre instead of a battle, and this is based on which side he is supporting during that event, and the point of view he is writing it in. An example would be if the historian was a Russian, and there was war going on between Russia and Germany, the historian would most likely right an article, supporting Russia and criticizing Germany. He might also write his article in a very supportive tone giving hope to his country in winning the war, and he will also hinder the enemy (Germany) by diminishing from their positive tribute in this war. So what is read and interpreted by the reader is totally based on who wrote it and his background and beliefs. Referring back to what was said before that history is then taught based solely on that opinion. The same thing is applied with natural phenomena, because a geologist can write an article about how global warming is caused by nature, such volcanoes and green house effect instead of stating that is caused by the human’s decay such as carbon dioxide released by industries that make an ideal living for us. Or what another ecologist would write is the human impact in green house affect and global

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