Themes and patterns are important to the study of history.

When historians look at historical events, they look for certain patterns or themes, which they use as tools to help them gain an understanding of the event.

Historians agree that there are certain themes that occur in history. They break these themes into two categories: geographical and historical.

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All historical events involve geographical themes. These themes provide ways to think about the world of the past as well as the present.

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Investigating the past and linking it to the present is a very complex task. To help with this difficult task, historians look for common ideas or unifying themes. These themes form patterns that contribute to the understanding of historical events. Even though the study of history often focuses on individual themes, no event consists of a single theme, but always a combination of themes. Identification of how these themes interact contributes to an understanding of the historical event.

For more information on these themes, choose the theme in the navigation frame to the left.