What is History?. An Introduction . But first…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZE0TuKTpo4. Primary Sources: How do we know what we know?. The litter of history - accounts and pieces left behind by those who have passed.
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The litter of history - accounts and pieces left behind by those who have passed.
These are primary sources that can give up the secrets of life in the past.
Help us understand more about what was going on when they were created.
Historians learn to read these sources.
My Darling Wife.
I hope dear you are just well as I am fine. I received letter allright. Wish you darling first a merry xmas from a Loving Husband – Bert xxx
May God Bless all in the Coming Year & Prosperity
Bugler H.H. Goss, 59381, 21 Battalion, Second Division, 4 Brigade, Canadian Base Depot, Bouelles Camp, LeHarve, France.
My Dear & Loving Wife & Child.
Just a P.C. hoping dear you & dolly are just well as I am filling time at present dear.
I received your loving hand letter last night & I am finding you a card for the lass as you ask dear.
I will write tomorrow all well as I am on duty now.
From your loving husband & daddy. xxxxx Bert
death notice for Herbert Goss – author of “a kiss from France” – “killed in action,” in the Ypres salient, Belgium, June 24, 1916.
The historian, like the insurance investigator, sifts through evidence to determine the causes of events — often from a multitude of possibilities.
what were the actions, beliefs, and circumstances that led to these consequences?
My Math Mark
Taking historical perspective means understanding the social, cultural, intellectual, and emotional settings that shaped people’s lives and actions in the past.
For your consideration….
Why were Canadians so willing to fight in 1914 in a foreign war that had so little to do with Canada's self-interest?
Interview with Canadian WW 1 veteran Leslie Hudd, aged 86, August 25, 1983.
Q. Did you want to be in this war?
Q. Were you crazy?
A. Yes, we were crazy, but we didn’t know it.
Q. Did you have any idea what it was going to be like?
A. No, we didn’t have any idea what it was going to be like.
Q. What did you think war was?
A. An adventure. We never thought about being killed, you know. I thought I was going to be able to come home and tell everybody about it. It never entered my mind that I might not come back. We wanted to get to it as fast as we could, because it might be over before we got there.
Why in 2001 with Afghanistan War and 2003 with Iraq was there so much opposition to Canadian participation?
Historians attempt to hold back on ethical judgments about people in the midst of their accounts, but, when all is said and done, if the story is meaningful, then there is an ethical judgment involved.
We should expect to learn something from the past that helps us to face the ethical issues of today.
What do we owe the people of the past?
Are we obligated to right injustices of the past?
Are we obligated to memorialize soldiers?
Does this glorify war?
What does it mean if we say yes, we are obligated?
What does it mean if we say no, we are not obligated?
Who decides what history is considered important?
Of the ones you have heard of:
Which is the most significant moment of your life? Why?