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44 Examples of Historical Context

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Historical context are the realities of the time and place where something happened. This includes the way that people thought at the time and economic, social and technological realities. Generally speaking, it is impossible for people of the present to understand the past as it was understood at the time. For example, knowledge progresses such that concepts that we use to think didn't necessarily exist in the past. An appreciation for the impossible complexity of historical context helps to prevent smug and naive presentism whereby we are too quick to view the past as irrational. The following are basic elements of historical context.
Attitudes
Beliefs
Concepts (and concepts that didn't exist)
Culture
Economic Realities
Education
Events
Frames of Reference (e.g. well known sayings)
Hardships & Difficulties
Health & Wellness
Information Environment (e.g. no internet)
Institutions
Knowledge (and things people didn't know)
Language
Laws & Justice
Life Expectancy
Lifestyles
Living Conditions
Markets (e.g. what could people buy and how?)
Meaning
Media (e.g. newspapers)
Morals
Myths
Norms of Behavior
Pastimes
People (i.e. influential and well known people at a time and place)
Perceptions
Politics
Products & Services
Religion
Responsibilities
Roles
Sensibilities
Shared Experiences
Social Expectations
Social Pressures
Social Status (what earned respect?)
Socioeconomic Classes
Stories (i.e. well known stories)
Taboos
Technology
Traditions
Values
Working Conditions
Overview: Historical Context
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Definition
The realities of the time and place where something happened.
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