Societies have and do measure time in different ways. Chronological understanding is what historians need in order to measure time in the past. It involves sequencing, understanding of scale, familiarity with terminology and an understanding of duration. An understanding of chronology helps students to place themselves in time, to develop their own identity and to contextualise the past and present. It helps them to develop a sense of period. It provides a framework and a language in which to organise and recall knowledge as part of historical enquiry.
Students develop a sense of period by studying the life experience of a person (or people) from the period 1945-9.
What was it like to live in postwar Europe?