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How To Deal With Your History Homework: Useful Suggestions

Dealing with History homework can sometimes be time consuming and boring. But surprisingly history homework can be a lot more fun that you think. In truth there are a lot more resources available for this field of study than you think. Obviously this depends on the era of history you are studying, but there are resources available in places you may never have considered before.

One of the fun things about history is that, there are at least two sides to every story, and you need to sharpen and perfect your detective skills to seek them out.

Interesting resources

  • If you homework is about local history - don't just pick up a book. Try visiting local museums or go to the local library and talk with one of the Librarians, they can make suggest who to talk to in the local community, you may have a local Historian or an Historical Society. Look around you for clues such as monuments or buildings such as churches. These leads may be well worth a further investigation.
  • Do not discredit TV programmes, especially the more recently produced documentaries that strive to give accurate information. Also consider, watching period dramas, these have been produced with the aim to give the audience an accurate view of life at the time portrayed in the programme/film, but also remember that some of the story lines may be very contrived.
  • Objects – such as buttons or any artefact really, can give a great opportunity for discovery. Was the button part of a uniform? When did it become fashionable to use buttons? How were they produced? What was used to fasten clothes before buttons? Your investigation can lead you to search for more information that crosses into other fields of study such as science and technology.
  • If you enjoy watching police dramas, look at the history of technology that has shaped forensics. How were crimes solved during the past? Most of the evidence in convictions was circumstantial, how does that compare to the present time.

Remember the point that was made at the beginning of this article – that there are at least two sides to every story, and this applies to every historical event. Being a History Detective, will help you to look at events from different angles. Focussing on the events that led up to the two World Wars (or any conflict throughout history), you need to direct your attention not just on the outcomes of the battles, but how everyday life was changed during and after the conflicts.