My final project can be found here: https://sydneyannajones.medium.com/justinian-i-of-byzantium-final-project-f2172816fae2

The most important thing that I have learned in this class so far is how to analyze primary sources as opposed to using techniques that are used for deciphering secondary sources. The difference between these was truly something that I had never considered before this class. Potential biases and historical contexts really do effect the way we need to analyze primary sources.

The only question I have about the materials is how historians discern the validity and credibility of a primary source. Since we don’t live in the times they were created, how do we know who is biased and who is not?

I believe most topics and issues were covered well, but I would like to know how more about archival studies.

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This unit has provided several shocking and helpful insights into the process of writing historical narratives. On a professional level, I genuinely had no idea that it was necessary to travel to actual archives to acquire the necessary primary sources to complete the narrative. And, although it seems obvious, I never truly understood the full, complicated process of sifting through primary sources and how greatly it differs from analyzing secondary sources. Because of this, I will certainly think differently when reading historical narratives, as it is slightly more comforting to know that primary sources were considered in the process. I believe that the document activity was done very well and allowed plenty of creativity. As most people don’t have access to archives, I think this assignment was done with as much room for inventiveness.

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