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 What is an Anachronism?
When historians talk about causation, they are trying to find out why something happened when it did. It could be argued that the cause of an event is everything that has gone before but that is not particularly helpful. In reality there are always more specific causes to be examined, some of which are not … Read more Causation in History
History is explained as the study of the past by examining evidence from that time. It would be a daunting task for a historian to attempt to study the whole of history so most choose to focus on a particular type of history. Some may focus on a specific time period while others will choose … Read more Types of 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 Periods in History
To understand what is meant by History it is important to understand the difference between the past and History and appreciate why History is important to our lives today. What is the Past? The past is any time before now. It can be millions of years ago, last week or even one minute ago. The … Read more History Explained