Historical Perspectives means understanding the social, cultural, intellectual, and emotional settings that shaped people’s lives and actions in the past. People of the past act on different beliefs and ideologies that form their thinking...getting into the heads of these people and understanding the diverse perspectives and backgrounds that people act on is key to understanding historical perspectives.
Key question from tc2.ca:
Are we using our knowledge of the values and beliefs existing at the time to interpret the people, events and practices of the past?
Are the interpretations representative of the beliefs, values and practices of the time or have important differences been overlooked?
**Though our goal in history is to understand bygone times, our attempts are often clouded by our current concerns, beliefs and values, which obscure our understanding of the concerns, beliefs, and values of the people we are studying.