Thinking Historically 1_12

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1/12/12 Thinking Historically 2 Levels of Historical Thought 1. Automatic – everyday memory 2. A calculated 2 nd look at the past Our first task is to develop “historical intuition” Historical Intuition See the past as a drama, the people as actors, and put yourself in their shoes We must broaden our appreciation of the human condition How do we develop historical intuition? 1. Consider Cultural Baggage How do people confront new situations?
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Unformatted text preview: Expectations, values, assumptions, traditions 2. Consider “Change Over Time” How did we get from here to there? Turning points? Roads not taken? Pace of change? What about continuity? 3. Make Connections Between past and present as well as between their lives and your life 4. What is the payoff? Better perspective on our lives Place our lives in broader context Learn about yourselves...
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