The Importance of Learning the History of History

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The Importance of Learning the History of History
Kathryn Allen
Instructor Carl Garrigus
October 29th 2011

This paper is meant to focus on the importance of the facts and history that lead up to, and surround the history of a major historical event. It will show that there is more meaning to an event such as the Vietnam War if you are able to understand the culture, beliefs, and impacts that surround Vietnam prior to the war. This will allow for a better understanding of why a war took place and how it affected those who lived in the country at that time. It is also important to know where to look to gain this information.

First you must make sure all information that you are researching is coming from reliable sources based on facts, not an author’s opinion of the war. This information can be obtained from books based on historic facts, or encyclopedias. It can also be researched via the internet is you are careful and make sure it is a valid source based on facts not opinions. The importance of learning a nation’s background prior to a major event helps to understand the why of the situation surrounding the event. When it comes to Vietnam and the Vietnam War the history of what the culture and beliefs were played a very important role in what that nation was going through that preempted a war. Using a timeline is a helpful tool as a starting point for research to help find more facts on the country and its background. An article that was found to provide a good starting point timeline was titled Vietnam Timeline found using EBSCOhost. “The article presents a calendar of historical events in Vietnam from 1940 to 2006” (International Debates, 2006). Not only is it important to know the history of Vietnam during this time period to better understand the war, but it is also essential to know what was going on in the world around them at the same time. All things that affect the nations in general are important facts to understand such as...
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