An introduction to studying History

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What is 'history'?

History is the study of past events, particularly those of human societies.


It is concerned with the investigation, collection, interpretation, presentation, and organisation of information about past events.


It aims to understand the patterns of human experience, the development of civilizations, and the evolution of societies and cultures over time.


History is based on a variety of sources, including written records, archaeology, oral traditions, and other forms of evidence, and it can be used to gain insights into the past, inform decisions in the present, and shape the future.

How do you study history?

In order to learn about the past effectively, there are three sets of skills you will need to develop.


Each set of skills allows you to engage with different aspects of history. 

Additional resources

Why Bother Studying History?

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The difference between ‘history’ and ‘the past’

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