One of the essential lessons of studying history is realizing that everything exists in context. To truly appreciate a law, a war, a piece of art, or any component of our past, we must first grasp the who, the what, the when, and the where in order to establish context.
While this is true in studying ancient history (which I teach daily), it is equally true when we explore the world around us today. From the current wars in Syria and Congo or the status of women in India and Afghanistan to the competing Russian and Ukrainian claims in Crimea, today’s current issues are rooted in context that 140-characters and bottom-line scrolls can’t provide.
In “Contextual Meaning,” I will offer quick articles and videos on the historical context of current issues that bring you up to speed on the roots and background of today’s news. And if there’s a topic you’d like covered, email me a request at firstname.lastname@example.org.