Student of History The following discussion provides responses to two fundamental questions about the basics of being a student of history. Topics covered include: 1) the fundamental methodology involved in scoping out a given historical context for the purpose of better understanding what is valued by the participants and 2) the types of resources that are useful in the study of history. In addressing the question of why it is both necessary and helpful to study the context of prior history, especially the experiences of participants in that history, in order to understand what is valued by participants, a number of points come to mind. Perhaps most importantly, any student of history must understand that people, in many ways, are...The end:
.....t of history, more exactly, one cannot impose contemporary ideas on the past. This would lead to failures to understand why key participants and figures acted as they did. Piecing together an accurate historical context can be done with different resources such as chronologies, biographies, secondary commentaries, and primary sources. REFERENCES A Vietnam War Timeline. (2010). english.illinois.edu. Retrieved January 4, 2011 from <http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/vietnam/timeline.htm Olson, J.S. (1999). Historical dictionary of the 1960s. Greenwood Publishing Group. Solheim, B.O. (2008). The Vietnam War Era: A Personal Journey. U of Nebraska Press. Young, M.B. & Buzzanco, R. (2006). A Companion to the Vietnam War. Wiley-Blackwell.