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A Pyramid of History

 

This page, hopefully, will be the start of a project to write world history. Certain assumptions will guide this process.

First, history consists of a set of stories. A story is a narration of events that have occurred chronologically in certain locations. It has a coherent pattern or theme.

Second, since world history is so vast, it will have to be written on several levels to have coherence. On the uppermost level, with limited space, the entire story of world history will be told. Necessarily this history will be quite general. On the level beneath this, the story presented on the uppermost level, will be told in greater detail. On the third level from the top, the story on the second tier will be told in still greater detail. And so, this multi-level history will work its way down to the level of personal experience, ever increasing in volume and detail. The entire structure will resemble a pyramid which is arranged from a tiny space at the top to a broad base at the bottom.

Third, the great diversity of human experience makes it difficult to design world history in an acceptable way. The choice of design will be arbitrary. Among its guiding principles might be that an authentic world history should be suitable for all the world’s people. That means that the history is not written to glorify any particular people or their way of life, or, conversely, to denigrate anyone. It should fit human experience into a framework that all persons can accept.

 

Further discussion of history:

Link to: A structure of stories (1194 words)

Link to: What this history is and is not (1687 words)

Link to: How institutional differentiation creates new civilizations (14,758 words)

 

Level Two narratives:

The History of Civilization I (14,388 words)

The History of Civilization II (15,265 words)

The History of Civilization III (14,635 words)

The History of Civilization IV (14,361 words)

Note: The above narratives comprise chapters four through seven in the book Five Epochs of Civilization by William McGaughey (Thistlerose, 2000).

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