200-300 words

Our first week dives into the complicated ideas of “history” and “the past,” and what historians actually do when they create history.

Meditate on these questions and respond. Feel free to raise your own questions, or bring other related ideas into the mix.

1. What have you traditionally seen as history?

2. According to Fea, what are key differences between how historians view the past/history and non-historians? What kinds potential problems can arise from this disconnect?

3. As of the first week of class: what do you believe is the main reasons, or purpose, for studying history?