It was the longest day in history! History is doomed to repeat itself. Either you get it now or it is history. Each of these prior statements make sense, yet they all condense the meaning of History it self. History has many aspects and happens everywhere. To this fact the idea that we should say Histories rather than History seems very reasonable. History is the systematic accumulation of past events relating to a particular culture, place, person, religion, race, era, etc. This is the fact base definition. Just by paying close attention to the definition, one can clearly see the argument begin to develop. To him it was the longest day in history, or some histories are doomed to repeat themselves. By stating the statements as so, one clarifies the fact that “history” is omni-present, and not just in one place. History isn’t just made by one group or by one person, or in one place.
One way to interpret the idea of “Histories”, is the fact than every country in it self has a history. They all coincide, yet each could occupy a different timeline in parallel. As one country may had won its independence or conquered new lands, another had just been in a state of growth. To the country that is seeing climaxes history is being made, but to the other life goes on.
Another way to account for the statement of “Histories” is by importance. To some one who is active in a field, service, or even a movement of some sort, any success could be called a historic event. So, to whom it may have concerned, “History” was made. This idea of importance is very evident in the fact that many countries chose to leave out events, some very important and others not. This is done usually due to the fact that it made their county look bad or didn’t benefit them enough.
The last idea of “Histories” is inspired by the word, history, itself. History is always shared, explained, and past on. This is an obvious fact, however history it self can seem manipulated depending on who you ask, with each person telling her or his own-story (HisStory). By this idea calling an event with many sides and details, perceived different ways and analyzed different ways a single non inclusive word seem totally unfit. A common Quote, “History is written by the victors.” said by Winston Churchill give a good outlook on this idea. Those who did the conquering won the battles or settled first, they were the ones who were able the write and document the events. So the power to alternate influence or just warp each history was usually and is commonly in the hands of the victors.
After contemplating the idea myself, I believe that stating the past events highlighted by each person, culture, place, race, etc., should be called its own history in order to show their simultaneous possibilities. Further more if each is a history then the accumulation of them all should be referred to as “Histories.”