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

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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)
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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 world’s largest bilateral trade relationship (600 billion annually)
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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
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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
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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
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Founding Fathers U.S. Constitution
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