"Here’s a humbling exercise, whenever you read an old book that speaks about contemporary events, look at the names.
How many of these people--who were important enough to warrant a mention at the time--seem important now, decades or centuries later?
How many of them have you even heard of?
How silly does the author’s reverence seem?
How ridiculous does their assumption--that future readers would obviously know who and what they were talking about--that they didn’t bother to provide much context, seem?
Well, this timeless process is happening right now, as we speak...