During my freshman year of college I took two semesters of a compre- hensive world history course. For the first semester class I had to purchase an expensive, hardcover history book, which was fine. However, when I returned for the second semester, which was being taught by the same professor, the textbook he assigned was a newer edition of the book that we had used during the first semester. I decided to stick with the copy I already had. My way of thinking was that history happened already and unless they were adding new history that had occurred since the previous edition was released, something that we probably wouldn’t be covering anyway, there couldn’t be many differences between the two editions. Well even though I thought that history couldn’t be changed, the textbook sure did somehow. And I soon learned that the pages that the professor assigned us to read weren’t aligned with the edition of the book that I owned.
However, as I later learned with my own history book, history does indeed change and the way it is presented is an ongoing task. For one, history is unending. Every second in the future becomes history two seconds later.
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