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Historians depend on one bedrock principle when they set out to tell a story of what happened in the past. That bedrock is Chronology -- the arrangement of events in time. Is the study of history just a list of dates to be memorized? No, it is much more than that. But knowing when an event took place is a key component in understanding the relationship of many events and to the telling of a fuller, more interesting story. The story of the unfolding of a single life, a nation, or even a whole planet, takes place in time. Our devices for measuring time, clocks and calendars, may be crude tools, but they are essential if we want to know when something happened and how one event relates to another.

History is a rich interaction of peoples, places, and events. All of us fit somewhere in the timeline of history. Even though we cannot get into a time machine and travel physically to another century, we can truly think in time. Just as traveling from place to place can enrich your understanding of your world, thinking in time can make you not only a citizen of your own time, but, through the human imagination, you can travel anywhere along the signposts of history. This gives you a way of looking at things that can broaden your horizons far beyond your own personal experience.


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