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Old November 5th, 2017, 10:28 PM   #1
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How can one make the ancient history into a conversation about modern concerns?

The title is the essay question that I want to ask, I have no idea where to start, so I want to know if anyone have some ideas about how to answer a question like this?

By the way, this essay question is derived from T.C. McCaskie: "Historical interpretation is a discursive conversation about contemporary concerns."
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Old November 6th, 2017, 02:10 AM   #2

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human nature has been the same all along, so just study past events, identify patterns in them and try to overlap them to contemporary situations. You know when they say "history repeat itself"
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Aren't they one and the same? People never solved the issues they had back then.
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Old November 6th, 2017, 03:50 AM   #4
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Thank you gustavolapizza and Iphigeneia for your advice. I have been thinking of using the arguments made by Croce and Collinwood to answer this "how can one" question, but the more perspectives the better.
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Old November 6th, 2017, 05:28 AM   #5

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I think the simplest way to tackle such an essay is by ascribing to the Santayana school of history: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Drawing parallels between events and biographies is a trope of western historians.

I think there's also an argument to be made for the didactic value of comparing and contrasting. It gives one a far deeper understanding of the factors involved in historical process in general than one otherwise has from simply memorizing facts.
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