Understanding historical context

We all know about Tokugawa Ieyasu and about William Shakespeare, but we don’t often think about the fact that they were contemporaries.

 

Find out more in the article “Horizontal Histories” from Wait But Why. The article is a bit long, but if you skim it and pay attention to the diagrams, it’ll give you a lot to think about, especially about the necessity of understanding context and…

“the cultural nuances and national psyches of the time, the way each of the key players was raised during childhood and the subtle social dynamics between those players, the impact of what was going on in other parts of the world, and an equally-thorough understanding of the many past centuries that all of these things grew out of.”

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