How History and Geography are linked


History and Geography are both fields of study that provide explanations on how human beings have lived on the earth in the past and how they have survived and worked on it. Humans are able to understand how all through the years, land has affected them, through, history and geography subjects.

In geography, you get to learn a lot about the earth, like how it like, the different kinds of nature related events that occurred and reasons for their occurrence. It is into five different themes that the subject geography has been organized.

• Areas or regions of the world

• The environmental or human interaction on the earth or how humans have used the land

• Movement from one place to another

• Physical characteristics or different places on the earth and

• The location of various places on the earth

A lot about resources available on the Earth can be studied in both geography and history. Surface areas of the land including waterways, plains, mountains, etc have a big effect on the way humans live on the earth. Production of food, clothing and homes are the effect and result of different climatic conditions on the earth. Various kinds of natural resources available help in determining where the towns and places are built and where people settle.

One of the most important fields is history. There are two things that involved in the study of history subject:

• The study of people in the past

• Study of land

Information about their own past was passed on by a group of people by way of singing songs, storytelling, or legends. Later on when alphabets developed, these stories or legends started getting recorded into history. Whether or not the historical facts or legends available are accurate or not was determined by the archaeologists who work with different kinds of artifacts.

Temporal Dimensions And Spatial Dimensions

By nature, geography is a study which is a companion of studies in history. Without geography it is very difficult to grasp history and the inverse too is true. It is on a geographic setting that history has developed. Records in history are linked inextricably to geography. The temporal dimensions of chronology and time or the human experiences are understood in the process of recording historical events. Whereas in geography, place and space or the spatial dimensions experienced by humans are understood and recorded.

Geographical Concepts Tied With Major Historical Ideas

Region, place and location are the key geographical concepts that are inseparably tied to the major historical ideas including events, period and time. In tandem, the subjects history and geography help learners to understand how across time periods, places and events have affected each other.

Human experiences are encompassed in a broader field of study called history. Whereas in geography, the related concerns are narrower, including focusing on interactions of humans with nature or physical environment around. In world history, the major constituent is human experience. It is also linked along with other disciplines that are centered round humans, like economics, political science, arts, sociology and anthropology.

Two Fundamental Dimensions (Perspective Of Time And Perspective Of Space)

The relation between geography and history is close since two fundamental dimension of a similar phenomenon are represented in them. It is from the perspective of time that human experience is viewed in history. In comparison, geography is viewed from the perspective of space. Hence both are interlocked in dimensions of space and time in a kind of symbiotic dance. One dimension affects the other constantly and hence history and geography always affect each other.

In many of the educational universities and educational institutions across the world, history and geography are taught as combined or integrated subjects as it offers significant benefits. The five essential elements in geography, the theme of movement, plate tectonics in the Earth’s formation, the concept of region, the introduction of strait and isthmus, which are geographic terms, the concepts of longitude and latitude along with the occurrence of different historical events help students to have a better understanding of both subjects, history and geography together.