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EARLY CIVILIZATIONS AND THE DAWN OF THE MEDIEVAL AGE 10 Introduction History is an account of mans achievements during the last five thousand years Though man has been on this planet for about 500000 years history only covers a part of this period The reason for this is that history is essentially based on written documents However the art of writing become known to man only after 3000 B C 11 History Meaning and Importance The word history is derived from the Greek noun historia meaning inquiry or research Aristotle regarded it as a systematic account of a set of natural phenomena whether or not chronological ordering was a factor in the account The term history has now come to be applied to accounts of events that are narrated in a chronological order and deal with the past of mankind Learning by inquiry about the past of mankind was later developed into a discipline by the Greek historians Thucydides and Heredeotus who is popularly known as Father of History E H Carn defined history as an unending dialogue between the present and the past Jawaharlal Nehru observed that mans growth from barbarism to civilization is supposed to be the theme of history Will Durant called history a narrative of what civilized men have thought or done in the past time World history is primarily concerned with the evolution of mankind It traces the whole story of man as well as of his progress in civilization a culture from the dim past up to the present day It indicates his failures and his successes describes his laws and his wars and reveals his religions and his arts It gives an account of the significant developments that took place in the past with reference to the countries and the men and women who played a noteworthy part Thomas Carlyle a famous historian of the French revolution regards world history as the biography of great men
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