What do we mean by history?
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It is necessary to understand the culture of the people among whom the event took place, and that of any other countries which could have affected the event. An understanding of history can only be obtained by piecing together knowledge from a whole range of sources, to provide a broad picture.
How do we know about the past?
Our knowledge of the past comes from a wide range of sources of information. Sometimes historians record their own version of recent history. Other information is obtained from material that was written down and contained passing references to people and events. A tablet recording the taxes levied on an ancient civilization in the Middle East, for example, can tell us what crops were grown, and the type of economy that existed.
History can sometimes be reconstructed even though information was never written down. For example, myths and legends containing historical truths can survive for hundreds of years, and the remains of some buildings can tell us how people lived in earlier times.
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