Todd demonstrates the process of forming a valid historical inference by learning about Chinese and Japanese influences on Korean culture.
This is Todd. Todd thinks he is an expert on making historical inferences. He has agreed to demonstrate each of the steps necessary to form a historical inference.
Todd begins with a question. He wants to know if Korean culture was more influenced by Japan or China.
Todd thinks that it might have been Japan. His friend once told him that Japan controlled Korea during World War II. Todd researches at the library and on his computer to learn more.
Todd learns that Japan did control Korea for decades before World War II. Japan also has been one of Korea's biggest trade partners and Korean companies share a lot with Japanese companies.
But on the other hand, China is geographically closer to Korea and the last Korean Queen supported China more than Japan.
Todd has a hard time deciding what he thinks, but eventually decides that Korea was probably more influenced by Japan based on the similarities of their businesses and the fact that Japan controlled Korea for many years.
Todd has formed his historical inference. He started with a question and what he knew about it. He used research to learn more and to confirm what he already thought. Finally he made a guess using what he had learned. But is Todd's guess really valid? Is he really done? Answer the questions down below to learn more!