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Ch 58: Interpreting & Communicating Historical Information

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In this chapter, you'll find a series of lessons that can help you better interpret and communicate historical information. Use the chapter to improve your historical interpretation skills for upcoming exams, research papers, homework assignment or fun.

Interpreting & Communicating Historical Information - Chapter Summary

A major aspect to the study of history is the interpretation and communication of historical information from several sources and perspectives. In this chapter, you'll review multiple methods and strategies for understanding the past, such as assessing cause-and-effect relationships, interpreting historical data, validating historical documents and comparing historical theories. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand history by assessing cause-and-effect relationships
  • Explain how interpretations of the past are affected by various historical theories
  • Differentiate between primary and secondary historical research sources
  • Interpret visual representations that display historical data
  • Analyze historical narratives/documents and analyze their validity
  • Use diverse perspectives to evaluate major historical events and issues
  • Describe the importance of objectivity in historical writing/research

These lessons are designed to be short, simple and easy-to-understand. This way you can quickly move through the chapter and remember key concepts. Be sure to take the self-assessment quizzes that follow each lesson, and feel free to reach out to our history experts if you have any questions. The chapter is available around-the-clock, which makes it easy to improve your history skills whenever it's convenient.

8 Lessons in Chapter 58: Interpreting & Communicating Historical Information
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Understanding History Through Cause-and-Effect Relationships

1. Understanding History Through Cause-and-Effect Relationships

Did you know that the seeds of the destruction of the Ming Dynasty were planted in 1492? Or an accidental suntan launched a multi-billion dollar industry? Cause and effect relationships are at the core of understanding history.

How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past

2. How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past

Unlike scientists looking for a theory of everything, historians know that there are many different theories to explain the past. This lesson shows how different theories work together to help provide historians with the best view possible.

Primary vs. Secondary Resources in Historical Research

3. Primary vs. Secondary Resources in Historical Research

Good history and good cooking can both be ruined by not using the proper ingredients. This lesson explains why that is true while describing the roles of primary and secondary sources.

How to Interpret Visual Representations of Historical Data

4. How to Interpret Visual Representations of Historical Data

Think that historians only rely on dense textbooks full of nothing but words, dates, and more words? Think again. Historians actually use a variety of visual representations, ranging from images that they create to visuals that are sources themselves.

How to Analyze Historical Documents & Narratives

5. How to Analyze Historical Documents & Narratives

Just like detectives, historians have to analyze all sorts of sources, including documents and narratives, in order to find out what really happened. This lesson explains some of the things historians must consider when doing so.

Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives

6. Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives

Historians have to analyze a great deal of data in order to find out what sources are worthwhile. However, many sources may not be valid. This lesson explains how historians are able to find out which sources are worth their attention.

Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events From Diverse Perspectives

7. Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events From Diverse Perspectives

Ever watched a football game with someone who was cheering for the other team and disagreed on the validity of a call? Then you've encountered the same problem historians find with diverse perspectives.

Objectivity in Historical Research & Writing

8. Objectivity in Historical Research & Writing

In this lesson we will learn about the role objectivity plays in historical methodology. We will explore whether or not objectivity is possible, and we will learn how scholars attempt to demonstrate objectivity in their research and writing.

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