Individuals who have developed passion or interest in the particular subject or societal aspect write history. In-depth, analysis of historical materials reveals the steps and procedures that historians take in making accounts and description of past events. The initial stages of writing history involve conducting intensive and extensive research on the topic of interest. The underlying factor that promotes history and maps its position on the list of important subjects is verifiability of the facts. Such implies that historian must ensure that the data collected and materials used in writing are academically valid and can be substantiated. The authors of historical events may depend on personal accounts such as diaries and journals. As such, history is a multi-discipline that incorporates the efforts of the writers and other stakeholders in the field.
As readers of history, the authors significantly shape our account of the subject. An important question that a reader should ask is the essence of reading or studying history. Objectivity in analyzing history shapes the account and enables the reader to understand the perspective of the author. The author may have a mindset on particular issues depending on his or her cultural or social background. Buckley (73) reports on the duties of a woman in the traditional Chinese society. From the author’s report, the readers can differentiate on the societal progress of the Chinese. Additionally, most authors tend to have a political, economic, and social stand that influences how they view certain issues.
According to Buckley (55) in Dayuan, a city that is located southwest of Xionghu is inhabited by many horses, which are useful to the populace. It is evident that the readers will visualize and comprehend this society based on how the author presents it in the writings. The historians from the Hans dynasty share a common political connection. These historians are advancing the visions of the Hans political elites (Theodore and Barry 371).
- “The Great Han Historians” (pp. 367-374), from Wm Theodore de Bary and Irene Bloom (eds.),’Sources of Chinese Tradition: From Earliest Times to 1600, New York: Columbia University Press (2000).
- “The World Beyond China” (pp. 54-56), from Patricia Buckley Ebrey (ed.),’Chinese Civilization: A Source Book, New York: The Free Press (1993).
- “Women’s Virtues and Vices” from Patricia Buckley Ebrey (ed.),’Chinese Civilization: A Source Book, New York: The Free Press (1993).