Thinking Historically

Historians’ Habits of Mind or Historical Thinking Skills

  • Chronology + periodization
  • Causality
  • Explaining events + processes
  • Structure v. agency
  • The bedrock of social history: race, class, gender and generation
  • Scales: local, national, regional, global

Some other ideas at work in this course:

  • The personal is political
  • Speaking truth to power