HIS 378 HIS378 Week 1 DQ 1 What is History? (Ashford)

HIS 378 HIS378 Week 1 DQ 1 What is History? (Ashford)


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Ashford HIS 378 Week 1 Discussion 1 What is History?

What is History? 1st Post Due by Day 3 

Prepare: Read
Tosh, John.
The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods and New Directions in the Study of History (6th ed.). New

York, NY: Routledge, 2015.

  • Preface

  • Chapter 1: Historical Awareness

  • Chapter 2: Uses of History

  • Chapter 3: Mapping the Field

    Stearns, Peter. Why Study History? (1998) https://www.historians.org/about-aha-and-membership/aha-history- and-archives/archives/why-study-history-(1998)

    Reflect: Think about how you define history and its importance. How do these compare to the thoughts of Tosh and Stearns? How might consideration of Tosh and Stearns confirm, challenge, or expand your own understanding of history and its importance?

    Write: After reviewing the above resources, please answer the following questions in paragraph form:

  • What is history, and what is the importance of “Historical awareness” according to Tosh?

  • How does history, as an academic discipline, differ from other ways of looking at the past?

  • Explain why you might agree or disagree with the “uses” of history laid out by Tosh and Stearns.

    Your initial post should be at least 250 to 300 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references in either APA or CMS format. 

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