History is the study of the past, particularly people and the events of the past. However, history is also how the past events are interpreted. History can mean different things to different people, but as for me it is important for us to study history as it can help us understand why we live the way we do and what we can change to make the present or future better. We describe historical events to help us guide in how to respond to the challenges of today’s world.Historians write about history by using different perspectives. These perspectives are called historical lenses. Looking at one topic through different historical lenses it provide a different view for a person of understanding the topic.There are many different lenses that historians uses but the three main ones are: social lenses, political lenses and economic lenses. The other lenses include environmental lenses, technology lenses, military lenses and etc.HISTORICAL LENSES & HISTORY’S VALUES
During the time of 1945, President Truman had a major impact on the United States of America because he decided to end World War II by dropping two atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. This led to Japan’s decision to surrender unconditionally.Without knowing if Japan would surrender or not, President Truman chose and ordered the military of United States of America to drop the atomic bombs over Japan. Japan decided to surrender to United States of America knowing the damage the nuclear attack would have on their country such as the experience that it will do to their country, fear of the future of Japan and what will the people and economy go through and having the Japanese population destroyed. President Truman’s point of view was completely different. He insisted on dropping the atomic bomb in Japan knowing the amount of destruction it will cause the lives of the Japanese, but he did it anyway thinking it will saves lives of the people whether if it was the lives of the people in Japan or the lives of the people in the United States.MY TOPIC
THREE HISTORICAL LENSES What does Social Lens mean? Historians use the term social lens to focus their interpretation of history based on the person’s interaction with others. There are many factors that go into developing a person’s point of view of the world such as race, culture, religion, class, gender and etc. Historians use the social lens to ask questions such as who, what, where, why and how.What does Political Lens mean? Historians use the political lens to focus their interpretation on relationships between those who have power and influences and those who don’t in an organization, group or as an individual and how conflicts can be resolved.