What Is History?

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What Is History?

  1. 1. An Introduction to History… Boyer-Switala Style!
  2. 2. What is History? <ul><li>“ a continuous, systematic narrative of past events as relating to a particular people, country, period, person, etc., usually written as a chronological account” </li></ul>
  3. 3. History is… <ul><li>“… the lie commonly agreed upon.” </li></ul><ul><li>~Voltaire </li></ul>
  4. 4. History is… <ul><li>“… merely gossip.” </li></ul><ul><li>~Oscar Wilde </li></ul>
  5. 5. History is… <ul><li>“… a kind of introduction to more interesting people than we can possibly meet in our restricted lives; let us not neglect the opportunity.” </li></ul><ul><li>~ Dexter Perkins </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is History? <ul><li>“ History, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in.... The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all.” </li></ul><ul><li>~Jane Austen </li></ul>
  7. 7. History is NOT… <ul><li>Exclusive </li></ul><ul><li>One-dimensional </li></ul><ul><li>Black & White </li></ul><ul><li>Tidy </li></ul><ul><li>BORING!!! </li></ul>
  8. 8. I Encourage… <ul><li>h i s t o r y </li></ul>
  9. 9. Why Study History? <ul><li>Video Clip: The Count of Monte Cristo </li></ul><ul><li>QUIZ to follow !! Pay attention! </li></ul>
  10. 10. QUIZ <ul><li>Did you enjoy the clip? </li></ul><ul><li>In general, where does the clip take place? </li></ul><ul><li>Who did Fernand Mondego shoot? </li></ul><ul><li>Mercedes reveals to Albert that who is his real father? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the Count of Monte Cristo’s real name? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the significance of the chess piece? </li></ul>
  11. 11. QUIZ (cont.) <ul><ul><li>7. How did Mondego “s t eal” the Count of Monte Cristo’s life? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8. Who taught swordplay to the Count of Monte Cristo? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>9. How did the Count of MC and Jacopo meet and what is their relationship as a result? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10.What significance does the Chateau d’If have to the Count of Monte Cristo? </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Why Study History? <ul><li>My theory… </li></ul><ul><li>Your theories… </li></ul>
  13. 13. Why Study History? <ul><li>“ Those who cannot remember history are condemned to repeat it.” </li></ul><ul><li>~George Santayana </li></ul>

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