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Historical Causation

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Connor McDonald

on 12 September 2014

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Transcript of Historical Causation

Historical Thinking Skills
by Connor McDonald
Historical thinking involves the ability to identify, analyze and evaluate multiple cause-and-effect
relationships in a historical context.

Example: The American Revolution
Historical Causation
Involves the ability to recognize, analyze and evaluate the dynamics of historical
continuity and change over periods of time of varying lengths

Example: The growth of America over time.
Continuity and Change Over Time
Involves the ability to describe, analyze, evaluate and construct models of historical
periodization.

Example: The Bronze Age
Periodization
Involves the ability to describe, compare and evaluate multiple historical
developments within one society.

Example: The Industrial Revolution
Comparison
Contextualization
Involves the ability to connect historical developments to specific circumstances in
time and place.

Example: Gettysburg Address during the Civil War.
Historical Argumentation
Involves the ability to define and frame a question about the past and to address that
question by constructing an argument.

Example: Treaty of Paris
Appropriate Use of Relevant Historical Evidence
Involves the ability to identify, describe and evaluate evidence about the past from diverse sources.

Example: Hundred Years War, evaluating both sides
Interpretation
Involves the ability to describe, analyze, evaluate and create diverse interpretations
of the past.

Example: Rosa Parks
Synthesis
Involves the ability to arrive at meaningful and persuasive understandings of the past by applying all the other historical thinking skills.

Example: The Civil War, using all the other skills to paste together certain aspects of it.
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