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Analyzing Cause and Consequence
In examining both tragedies and accomplishments in the past and present, we are usually interested in the questions of how and why.
These questions start the search for causes: what were the actions, beliefs, and circumstances that led to these consequences?
In history, as opposed to geology or astronomy, we need to consider the role that humans play in any event. This is because people — as individuals and as groups — play a part in promoting, shaping, and resisting change. But while human beings can be the agents of change, they do this in contexts that limit change. These limiting contexts can include historical legacies, geography, or other people with different goals.
Major events happen as a result of a number of complex and layered causes. These causes can involve both long-term conditions and short-term actions. And this is true whether the event we are studying is current (contemporary) or historical.
And just as one event may be the result of numerous complex causes, the consequences of a single event or action can be equally complex. These consequences may be intentional or unintentional, and their impact can be far-reaching.