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Lesson 1 - Ryan Richert Western Civilization History 1001...

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Ryan Richert Western Civilization History 1001 Lesson 1 Lesson 1: History and Prehistory 1. a. History may simply be defined as all that happened in the past. Other definitions of history define it as either a study of past societies to explain the past, or as a kind of narrative to make sense of the present. The first definition makes the historian a detective, while the latter makes the historian a translator. History is not known in complete detail thus history is the historian’s interpretation of the past. The reason that history is studied to provide knowledge of the past which is valuable in the present for self-understanding, self-fulfillment, and it makes sense of present situations. History is a lot like sociology in that both areas of study involve explanations of human behavior. The study of history usually begins by examining primary source documents. Primary source documents are documents written by people who lived during the time period that is being studied. Literature, deeds,
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIST 2055 taught by Professor Sheehan during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

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Lesson 1 - Ryan Richert Western Civilization History 1001...

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