1 : History
2 : Classifications
2.1 : Academic classification
2.2 : Miscellaneous classifications
2.3 : Ideological classifications
3 : See also
4 : External links
'History' is often used as a generic term for information about the past, such as in "geologic history of the Earth." When used as the name of a field of study, ''history means 'human history, which is the recorded memory of past human societies.
The term history comes from the Greek historia, "an account of one's inquiries," and shares that etymology with the English word story.'''
Historians use many types of sources, including written or printed records, interviews (oral history), and archaeology. Different approaches may be more common in some periods than others, and the study of history has its fads and fashions (see historiography, the history of history). The events that occurred prior to human records are known as prehistory.
See also'': History of the world
A very large amount of historical information is available in Wikipedia, and several different ways of classifying it are given below.
(Not necessarily part of academic history studies)
History is often studied from a specific ideological perspective, perhaps one that the practitioners feel is usually ignored.
A form of historical speculation known commonly as virtual history (also called "counterfactual history") been adopted by some historians as a means of assessing and exploring the possible outcomes if certain events had not occurred or had occurred in a different way to that which they did.
You may also want to see dubious historical resources and historical myths for a list of false beliefs and histories which were once or are now popular and widespread, but which are proven to be false or dubious.
Guidelines for history on Wikipedia can be found at Wikipedia:History.
- An attempt at NPOV history with a "Chronology of Events in History, Mythology, and Folklore": http://www.b17.com/family/lwp/frameset/frameset.html
- "Timelines of History," A collection of timelines organized by time, location and subject matter: http://timelines.ws
- Internet Collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.