1.2 Modern Historiography

1.2 Modern Historiography
Four main characteristics of modern historiography :
(1) Its method is based on scientific principles. It begins with the formation of relevant questions.
(2) These questions are anthropocentric. It means that these questions are about the deeds of the members of ancient human societies of a particular period. History does not suggest any interrelation between the Divine and human deeds.
(3) Answers to these questions are supported by reliable evidence.
(4)History presents a graph of mankind’s journey with the help of past human deeds.
It is said that the modern historiography with above characteristics has its roots in the ancient Greek historical writings. ‘History’ is originally a Greek term. Herodotus, the Greek historian of the fifth century B.C.E. used it first for his book entitled, ‘The Histories’.

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