An Introduction- The History of My Times: According to Me

This post serves as an introduction to a new project. Importantly, the blog title “History Present” and the address (historypresent.com) will remain. This project fits squarely with the ideas that led me to start the blog. So…
What is it about? See the title. Who am I? A good place to start answering that question is found at this bog’s “About” page. When, exactly, are my times? From when I was born until now. More to follow.
How will it look? After collecting my scattered thoughts, and with a few minutes consideration, I settled on the following format. “Settled on” is to decisive a phrase. “Going with for now” is more accurate. Posts associated with this project will carry the title The History of My Times: According to Me. My thought is to create both a The History of My Times page (not sure) and category (certain). Each entry in the series will carry a subtitle reflecting that post’s subject matter. Example subject matters may feature the following subtitles: “The Cold War” or, “Cold Cuts.” To make searching easier, the post subtitle will appear above project title. While some subtitles may play at their given subject matters, I promise they will pertain to the subject matter. My intention is to deliver a serious history, mostly. Why deliver a serious history? Because I am not very funny.

Honestly, the reason I want to produce a (mostly) serious history is because I believe the craft of history is diseased. Far too many modern historians have introduced elements into their work that are destroying the craft. As with much in the US, the infusion modern political concerns have led to extensive historical corruption. Many works cannot be counted as accurate. My approach to this problem will not be to enter an exhaustive tit-for-tat with the practitioners of historical distortion. Rather, I intend to present and explain my personal historiography. There will be much about historiography and historiographies throughout this project. It, and they, are fundamental to understanding any given work.
Another very important reason to launch this project, is time. My most recent history has been largely consumed by my latest professional endeavor. Deep research into a historical event is a challenge. My reading volume has dropped significantly. This project will allow me to apply books of already read, to present subject matters I have already explored, to share my educational experience, and to tackle an issue with which I am sincerely troubled. Personalizing a project in this manner has the potential of becoming an op-ed piece or worse, anecdote. I will work hard to prevent that from happening. Opinion should be bolstered by evidence and constructed in reason. Personal experience detached from larger considerations offer history little.
Proofreading to this point has led me to two conclusions. First, the depths to which I can bore you have been confirmed. Second, you are obviously anxious for the next installment. So, what subtitles or subject matters will I dangle before you?
How about: “Am I a 49er?”, “The Historinator”, and “Gateway Nug’s”.
Bet you can’t wait?

Author: historypresent

History Understood in Its Present

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