Boundaries

Local History
should
not be
confined to artificial
or administrative
boundaries.


  • What
    is the question ?
  • Yes/No/Maybe
  • Agree/Disagree


What

  • whats being considered – a
    self-created boundary or an imposition. pride. ownership. control.
  • is a boundary a physical thing
    or a not, whats the significance -does it unite/divide/neither?
  • for an historian, why and what
    are the boundaries
  • whats the job of the historian
    where boundaries are concerned
  • what is the scale and degree of
    a boundary when it is defined


Example

  • berlin/belfast/gaza wall, peace line, grt
    wall of china, india-pakistan, 12-federal-reserve, county, province,
    country, poorlaw union, USSR/CCCP, congo-hutu,tibet/myanmar/borneo, golden-vale, bog-of-allen, “midlands”, “lake-district”, fingal, silicon-valley,liberties,”the city of london”, IFSC, Elphin, GNER, British/Roman/Greek/Egyptian Empire, The Garden of Eden, Jazz, Urban/Local/Suburbs/Country/Town, Welfare State, Prussia, Gaul, Stone Age, Archaelogy, Provence, Flat Earth
  • invader or indigent created
  • flow of ideas shaped by
    boundaries


Consider

  • Audience
  • Intended impact
  • Unintended impact
  • Previous history
  • Consequence
  • Perspective
  • Interpretation
  • Experience
  • Insight
  • Motivation
  • Influence


Consider again !

  • What is local – local to what ?
  • What is history
  • Who, what, when ,where. how –
  • transience, morphology
  • Synonym, Antonym, definition
  • Examples, citation
  • Necessary, unneccessary
  • Abuse, disregard
  • Ulterior motivation
  • Administrative – whos
    administration, accepted or imposed
  • artificial – an edifice or a
    convenience
  • boundary – definition –
    inclusion, exclusion

Question
To what extend do you
agree/disagree ? Purpose of question : understanding, research,
analysis, communication, documentarial
With what – should (be/not) confined to
(artificial/admin/physical/notional/cultural…) boundaries
“throughout history” – whats the viewpoint, the pitch


Reference

Doing Local Irish History. Gillespie et al

p10
 “The simple idea of studying places as a way of doing local
history is fraught with problems”.
“..the idea of place seems to be such a defining characteristic in
local irish history.”
“explain change over time” – boundaries change, not just by
administrative changes but by local people (p12). (perception)”Before
hte advent of the Ordnance Survey, places and their boundaries were
defined and identified not on paper but in people’s minds”
(technology/comms change perception, acceptance of higher order)

p13 “local history as the study of people in a particular place over
time”.
“we need to find some way of categorising these people into manageable
units to sudy them more deeply”
p16
“a map of the local area is always required”


Analyse

  • who
  • what
  • when
  • where
  • how
  • why

Whats the topic,scope, focus,metric,purpose,outcome. Starting point.
Historical Science ?
Define the personality

change self-determination/
choices
context/
extramurous/
identity/
awareness/
migration(time/volume
-permanence)/
transport/
communications
communication/
appearance/
exchange/
meeting
family
/relationships/
non-blood
environment/
geographic/
physical space/
weather/
seasons/
built-architecture
planning
economics
/occupation/
class/ finance/
wealth/
ownership/property
education/
training
inclusion/
exclusion
politics
/government/
adminstration/
power/control
religion/
belief/
science/
philosophy
leadership/
authority/
hierarchy
origins/
experience/
memory
group
/commonality/
gatherings/
events
gender arts/
leisure/
sport/
folklore/
undocumented
/popular/
literature
people
place
time

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