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How do historians divide the past into periods? Do they face any problems in doing so?

NCERT Class 7th Social Science (Our Pasts II) Chapter 1 Tracing Changes Through A Thousand Years



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Historians divide the past into periods on the basis of economic and social factors. In this, they faced two problems. Firstly, for social and economic changes, boundaries cannot be drawn. Secondly, these periods are compared to the modern periods. As we know that modernity deal with the progress, this indicates that there was no progress before which is not true. 
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