WHY STUDY HISTORY?
Who does not like to hear a gripping, outrageous, shocking story? History is about fascinating and intriguing stories, and they’re not just ‘his-stories’ either!
There are plenty of ‘her-stories’ too; take that of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, who died by being knocked down by the King’s racehorse during the Derby in 1913. What’s more, they are, by and large, true. Or are they? Did man really land on the moon, or was it a Hollywood stunt? Who did shoot JFK? Who was responsible for the sinking of the Titanic?
Why do some claim Hitler was a drug addict? Was Jack The Ripper a member of the Royal Family? And was it an accident, or was Princess Diana murdered? All these and many more sensational topics can be unearthed during your study of History.
Studying history is important because:
It allows us to understand our past, which in turn allows us to understand our present.
People often say that “history repeats itself,” but if we study the successes and failures of the past, we may, ideally, be able to learn from our mistakes and avoid repeating them in the future.
Studying history can provide us with insight into our cultures of origin as well as cultures with which we might be less familiar, thereby increasing cross-cultural awareness and understanding.