Alternative History? Marwan Al-Edrus

Marwan Al-Edrus

Group Members:

  • Alexandre Ait-Ettajer
  • Zoe Grout

Area Of Knowledge: History

Table of Contents

  • Journal Entries
  • Reflection of Journal Entries
  • Presentation Link
  • Our Knowledge Question
  • Other Knowledge Questions
  • Supplementary Imagery
  • RLS and Elective Readings
  • Extension Proposals

Journal Entries

Reflection Day 1

History: A study and explanation of past events on the basis of current existing evidence

Problems with evidence: There can be too little and too much evidence

History is entirely dependent on Hindsight

A standard for the significance of knowledge: to what extent were people affected, and how many of them

Historians continuously study events as time reflects different values of events. We see things differently over time (renewed interest of 1930s due to political climate perhaps)

Reflection Day 2

What is a fact in History?


Write about your group’s question

Focus on PROBLEMS raised by the question

What POINT do you want to make?

What are you going to DO?

A fact in History is indisputable evidence that isn’t influenced by subjectivity. Something akin to a fact in History would be something like recorded dates, and times, depending on the context of the situation. The problem raised by the question is, in terms of our operational definition for facts in History, what can be considered indisputed? Data of the past could have been falsified to some extent. The best way to then look at history is through cubist methods, or essentially, looking at these facts through multiple sources and/or perspectives and seeing what lines up, as well as where the discrepancies lie. In order to explore this question, perhaps we could analyze a real life situation of some controversial or disputed part of history. We would gather different sources and viewpoints to analyze what is collectively believed to be true, and where the origin of the sources came from. There are other methods to explore this as well. Evidence is a funny thing, for we expect all that we would consider to be evidence to be undoubtedly true. Though, we must be careful about making these mere assumptions, as a fact in History can never truly be a fact, because the gap of time is a prevalently elusive barrier. Right now, however, I actually can’t think of any “facts” of history I would call into question, because most of what I’ve learned in school is verified and certifiably accurate information, courtesy of the guidance of teachers that have studied and evaluated the legitimacy and truth of our history.

Reflection Day 3

What is the main point you want to make in your presentation? (say it new)

We want to prove with a perspective and evidence to go along with it that the Persian Wars were real.

What are you goals (personal) for this presentation

To execute it successfully despite a lisp. I wish to make sure that I relay all my major points

Reflection of Journal Entries

I liked this Area of Knowledge. The inclusion of an actual historian to watch our presentation was an interesting and insightful addition. I will connect what I've learnt in this Area of Knowledge to my actual History class.

Our Presentation

Shared through Canvas

Our Knowledge Question

What is a Fact in History?

Other Knowledge Questions

How can History be Assessed?

Should we learn from History?

Supplementary Imagery

RLS and Elective Readings

Extension Proposals


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