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In history you have no doubt come across, and had to use primary sources. Primary sources offer a wealth of information, but they do have their limitations. There are a number of reasons why you cannot take the words of a primary source on face value:
1. Reason: Why is the historian writing what they are writing? What style of writing is it? Fiction, non-fiction? Prose, poetry?
2. Social: Where in society did the writer belong? Was he a low lying peasant or was he a rich beurocrat? This can link to how he perceives the society he is writing about, be it a top-down or bottum-up view.
3. Political: A lot of history is about politics. Depending of what side of the political spectrum, be it right wing or left wing, could influence their writing, and thus what you are reading. Be cautious of this.
4. Economic: This links with the aforementioned point of society. Where they are in society affects how they would interpret it.
5. Geography: Where someone was born, or where they have lived, or where they where when they wrote the piece you are reading can have an influence on their interpretation of events. If you are reading a British extract of wartime conditions in World War II, you will only recieve a British perspective, thus making it useless if you wish to include an interpretation from another nations soldiers etc.
6. Bias: Every writer has an opinion and it will always show in their writing. Even if a writer claims to be neutral, it very rarely is.
Source analysis is a big part of history, and becomes a much greater deal if you choose to take your history education further.
Semantics can be seen as the face value of a text, as in what the text, if taken literally, would mean.
Pragmatics however, can be seen as the "hidden meaning" to what a text is saying. Sarcasm is seen as a form of pragmatics.
Lexis can also be a contributing factor as to how something can be interpreted and whether the semantic of pragmatic meaning of a text should be the dominant reading.
P.E.E is a simple way of answering essay questions. P.E.E stands for "Point, Evidence, Explaination". This very easy formula allows you to structure your answer, and therefore making it easier for the examiner to read, and allowing you to access the high marks.
Firstly, you state a point. This can be as abstract or as simple as you want it to be, but it must be proved. Consider this the foundation of your answer, and with any good foundation, it must be strong.
Next comes evidence. This is where you can show off your analytical skills and use the text to prove your point. Find a part of the text that you can apply to your point, and prove it.
Finally, explaination. This wraps up your point and the text itself, and makes it clear and understanding to the examiner marking your paper, that you can prove the point you have made.