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What is History?

1st Year Junior Certificate History
by

Fintan O'Mahony

on 13 September 2013

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
WHAT IS HISTORY?
Every century begins with
1 and ends with a 00

We use
BC
and AD
to tell the diference between
the years before Christ's birth
and since
A written record of important events
since people learned to write
Herodotus: the father of history
'How do things come to happen?'
He treated History as
A SEARCH FOR TRUTH
A Historian is like a detective
Detectives look for clues
Historians call these clues
SOURCES
Sources can be
written
or non-written
(
visual
,
oral
or
built
)
Clues from the time we are studying are called
PRIMARY SOURCES

Clues from the time since the time we are studying are called
SECONDARY SOURCES

HISTORIANS USE BOTH TO FIND THE TRUTH
Evidence and information are vital for the truth

Learning from the past can change the future for better
Knowing
when
things happened is also important

We use
timelines
to put the right order on events
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