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Unformatted text preview: pective Why Study History? ❖ Religious ✦ scripture
✦ “Verily as history I say unto you, that it is my will that you
should . . . obtain a knowledge of history” DC
93:53 Types of Evidence
❖ Primary Sources ❖ Artifacts (Archaeology) ✦ Buildings,
❖ Written tools, art, coins Evidence Documents ✦ Eyewitness
❖ Secondary testimony Sources Limits of Historical Knowledge ❖ lack of data ✦ Ancient
❖ arbitrary Egypt vs. modern USA
nature of data ❖ Purposeful manipulation of the past (ancient and modern) Limits of Historical Knowledge
❖ historian's selection of data ✦ what data is important (=what question are you asking)? ❖ incorrect interpretation of data ❖ numerous methodological fallacies ❖ Reductionism = simple explanations for complex
phenomena ❖ historian's selection of data ✦ what data is important (=what question are you asking)?...
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2011 for the course HIST 201 taught by Professor Sabey during the Fall '08 term at BYU.
- Fall '08