Historical Context Matters!

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  • Getting the Context...What IS Context?
    • Historical context is the political, social, cultural, and economic setting for a particular idea or event. In order to better understand something in history, we must look at its context--those things which surround it in time and place and which give it its meaning. In this way, we can gain, among other things, a sense of how unique or ordinary an event or idea seems to be in comparison to other events and ideas.

So, why is it important to understand this?

  • Le Critical Analysis essay - the Historical Context should be half of the essay!
  • For every history essay, you will need to explain the background fully; helps the reader of exam essay to understand why events unfolded the way they did in a particular time period.