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Lecture 1

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Lecture 1 History 1312

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U.S HIstory since 1865
Dr. Kristen Burton
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Fernanda Navarro on Friday February 5, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to History 1312 at University of Texas at Arlington taught by Dr. Kristen Burton in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 115 views. For similar materials see U.S HIstory since 1865 in History at University of Texas at Arlington.


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Date Created: 02/05/16
Lecture 1 Jan 21, 2016 History: The Past and the Discipline 1) What is History? a) People b) Places c) Dates d) What happened e) Who was involved f) Why does it matter 2) History vs. The Past a) The past: a record of events from a bygone era b) History: a discipline focused on the study of the past c) We have to look at the past like a foreign country i) They had their own ideals, norms and cultures d) It is foolish to think the past has not shaped us, or changed us e) History is a SHIFTING DISCOURSE i) New people are always joining a conversation with new ideas and perspectives ii) Historiography: the study of historical writing f) Collective identity: a shared interpretation of the past events and experiences g) Truth: will/ can we ever reach the TRUTH, with so many different perspectives h) History is about competing perceptions of the past 3) Historical Awareness a) Recognition of separation from own age and previous ages i) Helps ANACHRONISM b) Recognition of contemporary CONTEXTS : Placing an event in its historical setting i) Chronological events surrounding ii) Who was involved iii) Why did it happen iv) What influenced it c) Recognition of the historical PROCESS i) The connections 4) What is a Nation? a) Borders determined by people i) Borders are not permanent b) Nations don’t act, people act on behalf of nations c) Are not freestanding d) Ideals and identities are constructed inside the borders of a nation within the people 5) The Benefits of History a) Historical awareness b) Train the mind to think critically i) Think for yourself c) Identify and understand social constructions


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