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Historical Thinking

Historical Significance

Historical significance deals with the particular status and importance attributed by individuals and societies to events and/or people from the past. Students need to learn what factors influence an attribution of significance and to develop criteria for assessing degrees of historical significance. Judgements about what, or who, is historically significant are subjective and vary considerably between individuals, societies and across time. The people and events that individuals and/or societies choose to select from the past to regard as significant give insights into the values and concerns of those individuals and/or societies. Students explain and analyse how what is remembered, and what is forgotten, changes within and across time. This enables them to understand the conditional nature of historical understanding.

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