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Napalm Bombs during the Vietnam War


Historians are investigators. They weigh up the importance and relevance of historical events, themes and issues and debate their continued significance in today's world, and ask why.

Historians consider whether the past justifies the present and search to find meaning in the causes and consequences of events that have affected people's lives.

Historians seek out relationships between events, identifying strong or continuous themes, movements and events such as terrorism, revolution, nationalism or racial and intellectual prejudice.

Historians base their arguments on investigation of historical evidence - not snap judgements. They become alert to bias and propaganda, and sympathetic to the context driving the perspectives of our sources.

Studying history can lead you to a career in law, politics, journalism and diplomacy. Historians are life-long learners with the skills to approach evidence with an open mind and a drive to understand perspectives that shape our world.