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Historical Thinking Skill of Contextualization

Historical Thinking Skill of Contextualization

What's your favorite movie?

Some of the best films have characters with depth and a well explained backstory to make us feel a connection with them. It's easier to relate to someone and understand their plight if we have a lot of information about who they are.

This idea works with history, as well. It is much easier to understand the causes and effects of major events if there is a backstory. It also helps in interpreting documents. The more knowledge you have about the events surrounding history, the more equipped you will be to fully interpret a document from that era. That is called context.

Watch the video below about contextualization to understand the links between context and document interpretation.


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