Two Things
Two Things
About History
• 1. Everything has earlier antecedents.
• Corollary: all culture, including religion, is
syncret...
Two Things
About History
• 2. Sources lie. But they're all we have.
Two Things About
History Teaching
• 1. A good story is all they'll remember, not
the half hour of analysis on either side ...
Two Things About
History Teaching
• 2. They think it's about answers, but it's
really about questions.
Two things about History Writing
• 1. It looks like storytelling, but it's arguing.
– Corollary: What's left out is import...
Sources
• Background Image: "PSU Mandala Day 4 -
Whole high.jpg" by Jonathan Dresner
• "Two Things about History" and "Two...
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Two things about history and history teaching

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My entry into the "Two Things About" discussion: History and History Teaching. Good for introductory lectures. It has been noted in the past that "earlier antecedents" is redundant. That is true, but it's how I worded it originally, and I still like it: it emphasizes that the immediate causes are not always the important ones, and those causes have causes.... etc.

You can find the original "Two Things" page at http://www.csun.edu/~dgw61315/thetwothings.html

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Two things about history and history teaching

  1. 1. Two Things
  2. 2. Two Things About History • 1. Everything has earlier antecedents. • Corollary: all culture, including religion, is syncretic; there is nothing purely original. • Second Corollary: there's no question that a historian can't complicate by talking about what led up to it. • Third Corollary: Historiography.
  3. 3. Two Things About History • 2. Sources lie. But they're all we have.
  4. 4. Two Things About History Teaching • 1. A good story is all they'll remember, not the half hour of analysis on either side of it.
  5. 5. Two Things About History Teaching • 2. They think it's about answers, but it's really about questions.
  6. 6. Two things about History Writing • 1. It looks like storytelling, but it's arguing. – Corollary: What's left out is important. – Corollary: Where you start and stop is important. • 2. Sources matter. A lot.
  7. 7. Sources • Background Image: "PSU Mandala Day 4 - Whole high.jpg" by Jonathan Dresner • "Two Things about History" and "Two Things About History Teaching" by Jonathan Dresner, 31 January 2004, http://hnn.us/node/3277 • "Two Things": http://www.csun.edu/~dgw61315/thetwothi ngs.html

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