Presentation on theme: "Historians What do they do? Reconstruct (Remake) the past Why study history? History serves as a bank of examples for contemplating present problems. What."— Presentation transcript:
Historians What do they do? Reconstruct (Remake) the past Why study history? History serves as a bank of examples for contemplating present problems. What tools do they use?
Think like a Historian, Look for: bias evidence argument sources Context of the period the document was written
“Just the Facts”? Historical facts by themselves are meaningless. Historical facts are only important when we give them meaning.
TOK syllabus & History: 4 strands I.Nature of History II.Methods of Gaining Knowledge III.History and Knowledge Claims IV. History and Values
Nature of History What is the significance of Carlyle’s view that “The history of the world is but the biography of great men?’” “Great man,” Socrates, Napoleon, Bismarck, Lincoln, Stalin, Mao, Hitler Time magazine’s recent response in their “Person of the Year” issue
Nature of History Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell