Unit 1: Foundations of Historical study: The Practices and Pitfalls of History
What is the study of history? What is a civilization? Unit Objectives and activities: In this introductory unit, we'll examine and practice how historians work--collect evidence, analyze it and produce a thesis (argument) to make sense of our evidence. We'll also look at how civilization began and identify the key components of advanced societies, including the Axial Age and the birth of modern beliefs and religions. Finally, we'll analyze evidence about modern countries and try to determine what makes countries successful and others poor.