This is a practical essay meant especially for scholars trained in other disciplines or interdisciplinarians who want to "historicize" their topics but are unclear about historical methodology. It argues that historical scholarship, above all, pursues a rigorous understanding of how historical context creates transformation over time and historical contingency. Three subsections discuss the interpretive quality of history, historical context and contingency, and the archive as central to debates about historical explanations of the present. Each subsection includes advice for scholars who want to historicize their projects.

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Keywords Archives, Contingency, Historical context, Historicism, History discipline, Interdisciplinarity, Teaching history
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.3138/cjh.ach.54.1-2.01
Journal Canadian Journal of History
Citation
Kinsey, D.C. (2019). Three points about history, Especially for non-historians. Canadian Journal of History (Vol. 54, pp. 1–20). doi:10.3138/cjh.ach.54.1-2.01