Qchan05 asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Isn't the phrase "written history" a little redundant?

When we say the word "history," doesn't that imply that writing, or some form of documentation, is involved? Therefore, the word "written" in front of it would be pointless, since you're already talking about things that are written about anyway.

This is something that just kind of occurred to me just now. What are everyone else's thoughts on this? Am I just splitting hairs, here?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    No, it's not redundant. Yes, other cultures have had pictoral forms that would also be written, but - some cultures also had oral traditions of story telling and history. It increased community, and thus was considered an honor to learn from the person who passed it on as well. Many of the Native American tribes had oral history.

  • 1 decade ago

    No. History wasn't always written down. Before we had printing press history was passed down through oral traditions. Also history can be in the form of pictures and artifacts (homes, tools, clothes, etc). These things do not require writting.

  • 1 decade ago

    as well as drawing the distinction that many have mentioned between the ways human history is recorded the phrase written history also helps to differentiate between the history of human societies and older ("prehistory") periods in the life of the world.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No. A lot of history is oral history. Many people were not literate and passed their history on through stories.

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  • 1 decade ago

    History is simply the past. It could be audio. Video. Anything.

  • 1 decade ago

    There is oral history and written history

  • 1 decade ago

    there's a difference between history as the reality (what we consider and agree to be "the past") and the form or manner we investigate it or express it...

    Source(s): I'm studing HIstory at College (two more years and I'll be done)
  • 1 decade ago

    Semantics, purely semantics. All HISTORY is not written down. eg.'Personal'-history

  • 1 decade ago

    Most, if not all of my tribe's history was oral

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