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tesserewhon ([personal profile] tesserewhon) wrote2007-03-01 06:13 pm

History puts me in my place

Too much craziness is happening nowaday for me NOT to write it down.

Earlier today, during my Women in England class, we got a tour of our library's Rare Books collection. Specifically we flipped through a diary from the 1500's and several recipe books from the 1700's and 1800's. My gods, they were awe-inspiring. Not the subject matter itself, which seemed to consist of recipes for everything under the sun (the lemon pudding one seemed especially tempting). But the amount of care and the details from which we could then paint a picture of the women behind these diaries and cookbooks.

I fell in love with history all over again! I love how studying history places the present day in perspective. In 300 years, will there even be any diaries or records of everyday life left? So many people go the digital route. And it'll probably always be banging around the internet somewhere, but is that any more or less permanent than the linen pages of a centuries old journal?

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