March 6, 2018, by Anya
Four historians are walking down a road…
Are you a history student? Do you know any history students? Have you been a historian for several decades? You may be confused by the differences between the main schools of historical analysis. To help you through this, I have produced a brief-to-the-point-of-inaccuracy guide to the main types of historian. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
If four historians were walking down a road, and they saw someone putting up posters for a coronation:
The political historian might say ‘Ah, I wonder how this will affect the workings of parliament, the new King is known to be a conservative.’
The economic historian would exclaim ‘My goodness, think of the new jobs this coronation creates! I wonder how this will affect population statistics!’
The social historian would mutter ‘Interesting that a man who stands to gain nothing from the coronation seems so overjoyed to be part of it…’
They would walk on, and realise a few paces later that they had left the cultural historian behind.
They turn back, and see him staring at the poster.
‘What are you doing?’
‘I wonder what makes this a poster, and not graffiti. How does a poster make you feel?’
A Marxist historian then runs past, tears down the poster, sets it on fire, and exits pursued by a bear.