Here is a good read I pulled from the History News Network, briefly reviewing a book recently translated from the French, Must We Divide History Into Periods?
Inside Higher Ed - An Error of Era
Here’s the article’s opening paragraph:
George Orwell opened one of his broadcasts on the BBC in the early 1940s by recounting how he’d learned history in his school days. The past, as his teachers depicted it, was “a sort of long scroll with thick black lines ruled across it at intervals,” he said. “Each of these lines marked the end of what was called a ‘period,’ and you were given to understand that what came afterwards was completely different from what had gone before.”