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Political rally, Santiago, Chile, 1964.

Women plowing a field, France, World War I

Engraving of earthquake in Reggio Calabria and Messina, Italy, 1783.

Map of Mombasa, Kenya, 16th century.

Market in Lagos, Nigeria, 2004

Barnard College graduates, 1913

Poster, Office of War Information, World War II

“The Schoolmaster,” Frederic Schoberl, The World in Miniature: Hindostaan, 1820s

Slaves and their mistress, São Paulo, Brazil, ca 1860

Tapestry of Saint Anthony, 15th century, France

Poster, Congress of Industrial Rights, 1946

The Plum Orchard, Kunisada, 1853

Street march, Harlem, 1965 (Stanley Wolfson, New York World Telegram & Sun)

Woodcut from the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493

Anarchist newspaper, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1926

Lawn bowling, England, 16th century

Young mill worker, Cherryville, NC, 1908 (Lewis Hine, National Child Labor Committee)

History encompasses the whole of human experience, helping us understand ourselves in the context of our times and traditions through the study of times and traditions other than our own. History means not only the record of the past but also the discipline of investigating and interpreting the past. The study of history develops habits of critical thinking and effective writing, as well as it cultivates the careful analysis of various types of quantitative and qualitative evidence. It should be of value not only to undergraduates who intend to pursue advanced degrees in the field, but also to students interested in exploring the diversity and complexity of the human past, even as they hone their analytical and expository skills.