17 Jul, 2020
Time has always been something mysterious and fascinating. Today the most traditional and perhaps most widespread way of counting time is chronological counting, using clocks, calendars, etc.
But in addition to this more traditional method, there are still other ways that can be exclusive to some areas of study, such as the understanding of time geologically, which is fundamental to measure the changes that occur in nature and in the terrestrial structure.
In line with chronological time, another very widespread form of understanding time is what we know as historical time, which is dedicated to the events that mark civilizations, focusing on the social, political, economic and cultural changes of a people.
In this article our focus will be to better understand the relationship between time and history. Both, both time and history generate questions, problems, conflicts and doubts for those who study them. But, if separately they can be explored in different aspects and questions, together they present a proper and genuine relationship for the human understanding of the events.
Human perception of time and history
According to philosophy, man is the only living being who is aware of his death. In this way, man's relationship with time can be more painful and distressing. However, this same awareness has led to the evolution of the relationship between human beings and time over decades.
The man, knowing that one day he will die, developed a unique consciousness, compared to those of other living beings and managed to create ways of counting and following the passage of time.
Some historians claim that there were different notions of time for each civilization and culture. For example, for Plato, time has a cosmological origin and is a mere shadow of eternity. For the Mayan civilization, time was circular, like the cycles of nature. For other Western civilizations, time is something that started at some point and goes on and on, endlessly.
The relationship with time, whether just to accompany it or to relate it to the facts that happen to men, can be quite complex, after all there is a certain subjectivity in understanding time, so much so that we saw that there are different interpretations.
So, next we will dedicate ourselves to understand one of the many methodologies that allows history to be learned over time, we will explore a little more about timelines. Are you curious? Come with us!
Timelines in the representation of history
Portraying and characterizing the story has always been a challenge, but also something extremely important. History is nothing more than the science that studies the human being and his action in time and space. Along with analysis of processes and events that occurred in the past in question.
History also aims to reconstruct these facts so that they can be immortalized and recorded in the memory of humanity in general.
It was through history that humanity was able to produce and perpetuate narratives, such as mythological, poetic and other diverse ones. That is why historical time is so important for man. For, unlike natural time, which is based on physical and biological nature, historical time is that which is consumed and built with the active participation of human beings.
Timelines are incredible ways to perpetuate and organize any historical event. They allow organizing information dynamically and chronologically, allowing the inclusion of details, but without generating an exaggerated amount of data.
The use of timelines can be applied in the planning and organization of subjects as well as in the study and learning of history. Historical facts such as wars and social movements are more easily shown and understood in a timeline. This is a method that separates data by periods chronologically, organizing information over time.
The Batalha de Aljubarrota Foundation and the partnership with Timelinefy
The Batalha de Aljubarrota Foundation is a space dedicated to the museological studies of the famous battle of Aljubarrotas, which had Portugal as victor, but which achieved much more than the Portuguese victory.
The political crisis that lasted from 1383 to 1385 had its main origin with the population's discontent. The revolt caused the story to take a totally different direction and it can be followed in detail in the Timelinefy timeline about the Battle of Aljubarrota.
This whole story is told in a simple way and with a wealth of details. Nothing is left behind, everything is chronologically specified, which makes it possible to understand why some events happen. This makes it much easier to understand the historical context of the time and understand what led to this revolt and, consequently, the battle.
The timeline about the Battle of Aljubarrota, was developed using the Timelinefy tool. The tool presents itself with the proposal of organizing information over time and has gained space in the museum market thanks to its ability to tell stories, whether short or long, in a dynamic and organized way.
Placing the events in chronological order on the timeline. The tool also allows you to build timelines with audio, video and image resources. Are you curious? Access and have your own experience.
In the timeline about the Battle of Aljubarrota it is possible to understand what was happening years before and to understand the reasons that led to Batalha and also to know the post-Battle scenario. The Battle of Aljubarrota is one of the examples of the timeline developed by the tool, but on the website it is possible to find others on different subjects.
Having a tool for organizing information over time is certainly a facilitator to understand the relationship between time and history. It is important to note that in this article we talk about the timeline, but there are other methods that are also effective in the task of visualizing data, such as spreadsheets, graphs, etc.
The Battle of Aljubarrota is a good example of how history relates to time and how important it is to understand in an organized way the past facts to learn about present and even future history.
With the Timelinefy tool, used to build the timeline of the Battle of Aljubarrota, it is possible to create timelines by adding images, videos and audios, developing dynamic and interactive content.