How we view the past says more about we see the present than we do about the past.
Look at how history books divide up eras – the Stone Age, the Iron Age, the Age of Sail, etc. Technology is the dominant feature in defining eras.
Did the average 15th century farmer see themselves as living in the Age of Sail?
The emphasis on technology for the past exists because it is a defining feature of our time.
Another example is most histories are divided by nationality. The history of Germany includes all events in a specific area of Europe. Germany did not exist until 1871. Yet, German history is applied to a people that did not consider themselves a German nation.
National identity is another dominant feature of our time.
Listen to the leadership of an organization describe the past and you will gain insight into how they really see things.