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G. A Practical Approach to Causation - Categorising Factors

 

 

Any question about causes / effects can be approached from a variety of angles, but good the historian will always reach the conclusion that “it depends” – see the example below:


Approach 1: Basic

Take one branch, base essay around it:

1

What?

Religious

2

 

Military

3   Cultural

 

1

Who?

Upper Class

2

 

Middle Class

3   Working Class

 

1 When? Short-Term
2   Mid-Term
3   Long-Term

Approach 3: Sophisticated

Combine branches.

1

What?

Religious

Catholic
2     Protestant

3

 

Military

Army
4     Navy
5   Social Men
6     Women

 

1

When?

Short-Term

Political - Personality of ruler
      Social / Economic - Bad Harvest

2

 

Mid-Term

Economic - Industrialisation
      Social - Population Growth
    Long-Term Geography / Climate
      Political / Constitutional - Undemocratic

 

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