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Introduction to History


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History is...
... the study of the past, particularly how it relates to humans.
Prehistory
Events occurring prior to written record are considered _______
... history's implicit exclusion of certain civilizations
Since the 20th century, the study of prehistory is considered essential to avoid...
Historiography
can refer to how history has been produced: the story of the development of methodology and practices
Philosophy of history
a branch of philosophy concerning the eventual significance, if any, of human history
Historical methods
comprises the techniques and guidelines by which historians use primary sources and other evidence to research and then to write history.
Historians
Professional and amateur historians discover, collect, organize, and present information about past events
The history of Africa begins with...
... the recorded history in early civilization in Egypt, and later in Nubia, the Sahel, the Maghreb and the Horn of Africa
The prehistory of the Americas begins with...
... people migrating to these areas from Asia during the height of an Ice Age. These groups are generally believed to have been isolated from peoples of the "Old World" until the coming of Europeans in the 10th century from Norway and with the Voyages of Christopher Columbus in 1492.
The history of South America is...
... the study of the past, particularly the written record, oral histories, and traditions, passed down from generation to generation on the continent of South America.
The History of Australia refers to...
... the history of the area and people of the Commonwealth of Australia and its preceding Indigenous and colonial societies.
The history of Europe covers...
... the peoples inhabiting the European continent from after prehistoric times to the present. Some of the best-known civilizations of prehistoric Europe were the Minoan and the Mycenaean.
The history of Asia can be seen as...
... the collective history of several distinct peripheral coastal regions such as, East Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East linked by the interior mass of the Eurasian steppe.
History of the Middle East
Home to the Cradle of Civilization, the Middle East (usually interchangeable with the Near East) has seen many of the world's oldest cultures and civilizations.
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