You are not supposed to understand that. The English Language derived from Latin, we use Latin letters. Rumour has it that in Latin, no punctuation was used and we can see this in wax tablets. Punctuation was not needed if one had context. That’s understandable, I’m sure ‘Grandma’ was never really intended to be supper. But what do we know from this? It is thought that hieroglyphics were deciphered with a political advantage, the same can be true that own views were placed into Latin and other old translations during the Renaissance (when people found an interest in older histories). For example, telling the masses the discovery of a race, which acted in a particular way, glorifying them and then concluding how they are ‘not so different from us’ kind of demonstrates an ideal living through the romanticism and glorification of the past.
Take this as something to think about. We don’t know what happened, most of history is wrong. There is no right because selecting, collecting and analysing anything is a social process. All three or just one as selecting a topic of study is always a social process influenced by one’s experiences, interests and lessons. However, this is not bad, just do not accept anything. If you ever “thought it always happened differently” then thats good, keep thinking that because you are no more right than anyone else. If you ever see wrong, act on it. If you ever think “no” then don’t do it.
“I don’t care if CCTV caught him stealing the bike Mr Thomas, he said he didn’t”. Don’t be that voice that accepts what you hear. Challenge it, research it because what we hear is not the truth. He said he didn’t cheat? Girl, give me his phone. The CCTV, the phone, they are other sources and other areas of life where people search for answers themselves. Criticise the big aspects of life, it does not matter who Shelly spent her night with. Instead, investigate the news, that great objective narrator of politics. Who remembers the talk of British relations with Iraq before they turned evil in 2003? You don’t because it was never mentioned although it was hugely important. Another example is that children in China are taught of the Japanese invasion and creation of Manchuria, in 1932-3 but Japanese students are never told of this travesty which still causes some governmental tensions. Don’t accept the news or anything else you are just told.
In public history we get told that the non-historians of the public, are told a false history. It is hard to convey the different interpretations of the past because you need different historical contexts just to convey one. Instead, one idea is told, usually a simple one, and that is taken as what happened in the past.
“Notice what you are not being told”