Today in class we talked about new historical criticism and examples of how it relates to society. We discussed many of the terms that were found throughout the whole chapter. We learned about the terms used through the examples that relates so closely to society. All while keeping in mind how history is nonlinear based on the new historic theories.
Personally, I thought it was very interesting how all the words that were placed on the board had some type of example. I never really thought about how history is just a piece of a story that just keeps unfolding throughout time. But how that story can be biased based on who is writing the story because usually the stories being written are from those who have power. For example, what is written in our textbooks are those who were victorious but, there is rarely a story about the loser. So does this mean that we (the readers) are not receiving the full truth of history? In class we discussed briefly how sometimes there are things being hidden from us. But is it for the better or just creating a disadvantage for us?
There was one particular example that stood out the most, that is the one about the Holocaust. We were discussing how it is a hard argument to prove that society is always progressing in the right step. And how the Holocaust’s slogan is to “never forget,” but the question becomes then why is there still so many genocides or even racial disputes/killings that have happened since the end of the Holocaust. Is there other examples to prove that society isn’t always progressing? Or how the power is circulated through people?