What is Bias?

Bias is a one-sided or unbalanced view of things and is often based on  a person’s feelings. It can be used to persuade or prejudice someone towards a particular viewpoint.  Bias Examples Have a look at the two statements written below. They were both written before the 2019 General Election in the United Kingdom. One … Read more

Understanding a Timeline

Historians use timelines to create an ordered view of history. By sequencing events into chronological order on a timeline, it becomes easier to see causes and effects of events. Timelines can be linear or comparative. Linear Timeline Linear timelines detail events that happened within a given time frame. This time frame could be a person’s … Read more

What is a Chronology?

The word ‘chronology’ is derived from two Greek words – chronos, meaning time and logos meaning to work out or decipher. This means that ‘chronology’ literally means to work out time. In order to work out time we have to give it a logical order. Putting time in logical order can be as simple as … Read more

History Idioms

An idiom is a group of words or a phrase that has a different meaning to its literal meaning. For example ‘It’s raining cats and dogs’ means it is raining very hard, it does not mean cats and dogs are falling from the sky. There are a number of history idioms that may be about … Read more

What is an Anachronism?

The word anachronism is derived from the Greek words ana, meaning against, and chronos meaning time. Anachronism therefore means against time, or in the wrong time period. Anachronisms are generally the result of poor research and can be found in books, movies or pictures. However, sometimes they are used on purpose to create a comic … Read more

Centuries – How to Name Them

A century is a unit of time equal to 100 years. Centuries are named using ordinal numbers, so we might refer to the 3rd century or the sixteenth century. Using this system it would be logical to assume that the first century refers to the earliest recorded time, but this is not the case.  Traditionally, … Read more

Units of Time

Intervals of time are generally measured in standardised units, but some historical terms cover variable units of time. A historian needs to be familiar with units of time to ensure the correct terminology is used when describing change over time.  Most people are familiar with common units of time such as week, year or century. … Read more

Periods in History

There are five main periods in history: Prehistory, Ancient History, Dark Ages, Middle Ages and Modern History. Within these periods are numerous historical topics, many of which overlap in dates. The timeline below shows the dates for the five periods and the most commonly studied topics that fall into that period.  Please note: our use … Read more