Historical Hack: Thinking Like a Historian

What you’ll learn to do:┬ámake connections to historical events by describing an event, its historical context, and its significance

Photograph of the Ferranti MRT-100, a portable computer taking the form on an electronic clipboard

Figure 1. Some would say the Ferranti MRT is “just” a clipboard with a built-in calculator, but others claim it has historical significance as “the world’s first application-specific handheld computer.” Historians do the work of examining events and evaluating, sometimes even shaping, the things that are remembered about the past.

In this section, you’ll learn a mnemonic that can help you to focus on the main ideas in history and develop a big-picture understanding of the historical events you study.