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ERIC Number: ED065368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 14
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A New History, Macrohistory, and Structure in History.
Emerson, Mark F.
Toward the improvement of teaching history and to provide student insights into the study of history, a course involving structure, relevancy, an interdisciplinary approach, and innovation is suggested which advocates analyzing what has happened in the past as a whole, as revealed by the various sciences of archaeology, anthropology, paleontology, biology, chemistry, and physics combined with human history, termed macrohistory. Examining the past in this way reveals an analogy between the function and structure on the biological level and on the social level, illustrating basic factors and processes of development such as unification which are common and interrelated. A sequential process of unification of living cells from one-celled protozoa to the trillion-celled organisms of man is compared with the unification of men into larger social groups, developing from the original family unit towards an international world unit. Unification makes possible another structure element -- specialization -- occurring in both the biological and human stages of development and causing increases in efficiency, interdependence, cooperation, and transportation, first between cells, then between men, and now between nations. A related document is ED 045 482. (Author/SJM)
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