SDHF Newsletter No.183 KO BUNYU’s Defining History 2
KO BUN’YU’S DEFINING HISTORY
A macroscopic analysis of the differences among the histories of
East Asian nations: Japan, China, Taiwan, and Korea
No.2- Chapter 1 Defining History
October 13, 2017
Chapter 1 discusses about fundamental points of defining history.
The word history is on occasion defined as “the truth about past events.” But more accurate description would be “past events as we perceive them.”
In other words history is created by human conception.
1, Historical accounts may be long or short, or absent, depending on the amount of interest in a particular event.
2, Different cultures have different attitudes toward history.
3, Most historical perceptions are self-oriented.
4, Consequently comparison is necessary to find meaning of historical perceptions.
And historical perception has a significant influence of a nation’s historical behavior.
Questions are welcome.
MOTEKI Hiromichi, Acting Chairman
for KASE Hideaki, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact