Why do people view history differently?
People view history differently in many different reasons. The first reason could be personal experiences someone went through during the event. From what I looked at when I was researching the Second World War in Japan, I noticed that the perspective that I read about in websites(on the WW2) and books differ to my interviewee’s perspective. What changed the perspectives were personal experiences that my interviewee coped with and how it affected them both mentally and physically. Moreover, how the environment that they have been in affected them to think opposite of what was written in the sources that I collected. However, other than personal experiences, another reason could be how people were taught about the event. During WW2, people were taught to love their own country but hatred for the enemy. As soldiers during the WW2 were taught to obey what they were told to do and could not open up their own feelings. Even if they did, that would disrespect their own country and their leader as this was a problem in Japan when Japanese people were willing to sacrifice their own life in the name of the Emperor during that time.
Why does it matter that they do?
I think that when learning about history, it is important that we also look at information in depth rather than looking at it broadly. Like how books talk about a certain event in a general form and often categorise people into one thing. And we don’t really get to see how the event influenced people one by one. For that reason, it matters to examine different perspective so we could understand two sides and not just one. Also, when I interviewed people for my topic, I got to understand them more which was an opportunity to get to know them better.
Hernandez, Saddie. “I Just Needed a Different Perspective.” Flickr. Yahoo!, 26 June 2010. Web. 28 May 2015.