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Lecture 1 - Why is History Important? History is...

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Unformatted text preview: Why is History Important? History is indispensable to an understanding of the world around us History acts as a kind of laboratory for trying to figure out what to do in the present or future History helps us understand our identity (as citizens and individuals) In a transnational world, it is important to learn about life in other countries Canada and the U.S. have a complex and interdependent relationship Economies of U.S. and Canada are highly integrated (NAFTA 1994) U.S. and Canada conduct the worlds largest bilateral trade relationship (600 billion annually) Canadian foreign policy is largely (though not entirely) reactive to U.S foreign policy U.S.-Canadian history and culture are intertwined U.S. and Canada are defense and security partners The U.S. is the 20 th and early 21 st centuries world power Studying U. S. history allows us to move beyond simplistic pro- and- anti-American dichotomies The U.S. Constitution (1787) can be found at the back of your textbook Embodies the fundamental principles of the US government, or the rules under which the federal/national government operates Outlines how the government works and defines and limits the power of the national government Founding Fathers U.S. Constitution U....
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This note was uploaded on 02/11/2012 for the course HST 210 taught by Professor Carson during the Winter '11 term at Ryerson.

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