Structural Analysis of History

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Structural Analysis: Moving the pieces of history, assembling the puzzle in order we may think and write about it effectively. This is a basic level of analysis that takes some getting used to, but is essential for developing an understanding sound enough on which to base effective and engaged speech and action. Much of the structural analysis common in the contemporary study of history derives from the works of Hegel and Marx.  

You see this level of analysis practiced widely in exams like the AP which requires a firm understanding of Comparison and Change and Continuity Over Time. In our study of history, you will see that I have condensed these functions into a series of terms that we will come to know as the “Historical Cs.”

Associated skills/terminology: 

Comparison
Conjuncture
Construction (of parameters)
Context
Causality
Complexity
Change and Continuity over time
Coincidence
Contingency
Convergence (Synthesis)