Homework Help

What makes modern history, modern?In a sense what is modern history what are things...

user profile pic

loveandlparty | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted June 22, 2012 at 12:31 AM via web

dislike 2 like

What makes modern history, modern?

In a sense what is modern history what are things that make it such, modern.

 

2 Answers | Add Yours

user profile pic

pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 22, 2012 at 1:19 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

In general, what makes modern history modern is the sorts of attitudes that people have held during the modern era.  People of the modern era have generally put more and more stock in science and rationality and less and less on tradition and authority.

Up through the end of the Middle Ages, people generally did not hold modern attitudes.  They believed things because that was what the Church said or that was what Aristotle said.  There was not a general sense that things should be proven scientifically.  Since the beginning of modern times, people have come to have a more modern attitude in which science and scientific proof are privileged over things like the authority of traditional sources.

user profile pic

grush249 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 22, 2012 at 4:42 AM (Answer #2)

dislike 0 like

Modern History is so called because it is relatable to our lives to a certain extent. The issues that mark modern history are still not dismissed as simply "past" but are still slightly prevailant and discussed in the modern world. For an example, take Aparthied- although that is modern history, it is an underlying issue still discussed even today.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes