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Critically evaluate the skills you have begun to acquire as a historian. Why and in what ways are they important? What other skills should a historian acquire and why?

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Christian Oghomi Student No: 1020702 4SH001: The Pursuit of History Critically evaluate the skills you have begun to acquire as a historian. Why and in what ways are they important? What other skills should a historian acquire and why? History as one might have guessed is the study of the past and it?s many significant events. Prior to arriving at University, I had adopted the very narrow minded belief that to study History all one had to do was remember dates. Now having attended several weeks of lectures and seminars, I understand that my belief couldn?t have been any more incorrect. I can now whole-heartedly lay claim to the fact that there is more to being an historian than what meets the eye. The study of History is not simply remembering facts such as what year n**i Germany invaded Poland, or when the Treaty of Versailles was signed. No there are key skills a Historian must posses if they are going dissect the past accurately. ...read more.


It is an extremely important skill to possess, as historians constantly have to give opinions whether that is verbally or via essays and knowing how to combine these different types of historical evidence and use them to back up your opinion will enable the historian to make coherent arguments based on the variety of data. This skill can also be applied to information encountered in everyday life, as shown at the Wolverhampton archives, which really rained in the importance of historical evidence and how pivotal the storage process is. I feel studying History has definitely enhanced my ability to critically think. This is because with this subject you have the evidence right in front of you, and from here you can draw on your conclusions as to why and what happened in past. It is a very important skill, as historians must recognize that not all statements are of equal validity and that there are ways of putting them to test. ...read more.


Having the skill to assess the past examples of changes is very fundamental. By comparing particular changes to relevant examples from the past helps historians develop this capacity. The ability to identify the contrives that always accompany even the most dramatic changes also comes from studying history, as does the skill to determine probable causes of change. A historian should exercise an understanding of common problems found within historical records. All historical provides a range of viewpoints and historians should be able with this fact. Material will sometimes complex, ambiguous, conflicting and often incomplete and historians should be aware of the dangers. To conclude there are various other skills I believe historians should acquire. I feel all historians should have analytical ability and the capacity to consider and solve problems; this should include complex problems where there may not be single or simple solutions. I also feel that historian should have the skill to structure oral and written discussions with fluency and clarity as pivotal and a tool will be used daily. ...read more.

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