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Question: Explanation of the nature of history, the process of inquiry. primary and secondary sources are aid that inquiry what in history

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History, at its core, is the study of past events that have occurred, which significantly contributed to the development or downfall of societies, nations, cultures, and individuals. The nature of history revolves around various elements such as chronology, change, causality, contingency, complexity, and context which help us understand historical events. Historical inquiry is a process that historians use to gain knowledge of the past. It involves asking questions, researching, reading, analyzing, interpreting, making an argument and communicating the findings. The purpose of this process is to go beyond just memorizing dates and events, but to understand and evaluate the causes and effects of these events, and to learn lessons that can apply in contemporary and future contexts. Primary sources are firsthand accounts or records of events in history from individuals who experienced it. These are considered the raw materials of historical evidence and include items like letters, photographs, diaries, government records, newspaper articles, speeches, artifacts, and interviews. Secondary sources are interpretations or analyses of events created by someone who didn't directly experience the events. These use primary sources and other secondary sources to interpret or draw conclusions. They include textbooks, articles, essays, commentaries, encyclopedias, biographies, and even documentaries. Both primary and secondary sources are crucial to historical inquiry as they provide texture and depth to the understanding of past events. Primary sources provide an authentic, unedited glimpse into the past, capturing the emotions and perspectives of the time, while secondary sources offer perspective, analysis, and a broader context. By comparing and contrasting these types of sources, historians can develop a more comprehensive understanding of past events.

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Oct. 20, 2023, 10:28 a.m.

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Published: Friday, October 20, 2023

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