What is a PEPSI Analysis?

Being able to look at an event from multiple perspectives is extremely valuable as an historian. One method of categorizing an analysis is to employ the acronym, PEPSI: political, economic, psychological, sociological, and ideological variables.  This will become a preferred (but not the only) method to consider throughout the school year.

Analysis Versus Description

  • What is the difference between description and analysis?
  • What is it about analysis that requires a deeper familiarity with the issues being studied?
  • If analysis is considered so vitally important, what skills are linked to it?  In other words, what do you have be able to do before being able to analyze?