The importance of studying history

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History is one of the most fascinating subjects you can learn academically, and it remains relevant even once you get out of education. The events that shaped and changed our world are rooted in history, and we can learn so much from them. Now more than ever, it has become increasingly more important to study and learn history, and look at how people did things back in the day.

There are many reasons why history is so important, and we need to make sure we learn about it, and from it, as much as we can. History is the vessel through which we understand the past, actualize the present, and plan for the future. Here are some of the best reasons we can think up for why it is so important to study history.

It’s fascinating

First and foremost, history is fascinating! So many cool things happened hundreds and thousands of years ago. Things we will never get to live, but we can live through them in a way, by studying them. Wouldn’t you love to learn all about the Ancient Egyptians, and the building of the pyramids? How about the Holy Roman Empire and their global domination? Or perhaps you’d like to study World War II? All this and more you can learn about while studying history.

We must learn from our mistakes

As the quote goes “History repeats itself because no one was listening the first time.” There are many things that humans have done over the years that have been truly terrible. Many things we have let happen that are inexcusable. And history is how we learn from these mistakes, and ensure they don’t happen again in the future. Erasing history for fear of offending is the worst thing we can do as a society – we open ourselves up to the same mistakes happening again.

Understanding change

It’s really important to understand change because then we learn how society works. The way we get to the place we are now is through change. But we need to understand what causes this change, and what takes us from Point A to Point B. Small events can often lead to cataclysmic events – World War II tells us this. We can also see how daily life has evolved over the years to the point it is now.

Taking positives

Yes, there is a lot of bad stuff that has happened in the past, and we need to be aware of that. We have to learn from the past, but we should also take positives from it as well. There are loads of great things that have happened in history that are really great, and we can apply these to modern society. Looking at the way past civilizations and societies did things can help us improve our own futures.

History is possibly the most important subject you can learn when you’re in school because it teaches you so much. To really understand why the world is the way that it is, you must first learn what it used to be – this helps you understand how we got to this position in the first place.

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