History is a literary-based academic discipline. The written word is still used as the main tool to convey narratives, explanation and analysis of events in the past. Good writing about history will always show a grasp of the meaning of key words and terms and will deploy them in an appropriate context. This article aims to show you how this can be achieved in your own writing so that you maintain clarity, fluency and relevance.
The following tables consist of several key words and terms that frequently crop up in the study of popular A Level and IB History topics. They are by no means exhaustive — you should always be looking to pick up on technical words and terms you come across that are not included here, and be prepared to research their meanings. Producing your own glossary either electronically or by card indexes is a good way of establishing a personal library of key words and terms and will help improve your vocabulary.
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