I, for person, haven’t studied history for long but way back in school history was surely one subject that fascinated me the most. Like everyone who studies history, I was also very interested in knowing about the past. History is a great treat into the past; it lets us live in an era where we aren’t present. It helps us relate to people whose actions influenced the shape of the present day. History is very important because it takes us back into the times of kings, princesses, horses, warriors, geniuses, wars, inventions and discoveries. Here we have listed top 10 reasons to study history.
10. History helps us understand the world:
History enables us to understand how the world worked then and how it works now. History provides us with the framework of knowledge that we need to build our entire lives. It takes us closer to happenings and events in the past we can know about and learn how things have changed ever since, and who were the figures and personalities that helped change the scenario.
9. History tells us who we are:
History is a story of the past happenings, events and transformations. It is a depiction of what happened in the years since the inception of human race. Therefore study history to understand the origin of our existence. It helps us understand who we are? Where our ancestors came from? What was the society and culture that they lived in? What is that we have inherited from them? What is it that we have to do to be like them? It helps us understand everything about our past.
8. History helps understand cultures:
History is a deep rooted knowledge and study of the past. Given its vastness and the diversity that it covers, we can know almost everything that happened in the past and the then demography of any part of the world. We can learn the types of cultures and traditions people followed as well as their way of living. All cultures that we know of today have their roots in the cultures of the past.
7. History helps us judge wisely:
History serves as a laboratory that helps us experiment with the past. The past serves as evidence in our quest to know why people behave in a particular manner. Therefore, decision makers have to resort to history to make factual judgments based on the happenings of events and related facts. By understanding the past behavior, one can analyze the present behavior without bias.
6. History helps understand change:
With a deep rooted study of history one can know best how people, communities, nations and the world that we live in has changed over time. Each person’s view of the world is shaped by his/her individual experiences and the experience of the group he lives in. If a person isn’t aware of the historical experiences of cultures and nations, he cannot fully understand need of changes and development that sweep a society every now and then.
5. History helps us become good citizens:
History helps us imbibe and develop essential skills required to become good citizens of the nation and the world as a whole. Informed and well versed citizens, who know their roots, cultures and cultural diversities, understand the need for a wise and fair development of their society. A democracy, or any other form of governance, is reformist only when it is filled with informed citizens.
4. History helps us learn of world events:
Our world has bore witness to countless incidents of importance or otherwise. If one has to know of any of these happenings or events that changed the world, he/she has to dive to the depths of history books to know why a certain event happened. There is no better way to know the world like the back of your palm than to study history.
3. History is interesting:
There may be different takes to this point but the truth is that history is very interesting. History for some can be monotonous but for others it is like watching a blockbuster film entirely based on true events. History is full of real drama, action and emotions; it is a chronicle of life. Those who enjoy life will also enjoy knowing about someone who conquered the world or someone who died for love.
2. History makes you a better student:
History is the study of the past but it is capable of shaping the present. History helps students know where we come from, how the past has shaped us, and how we can shape the future. History makes students all-round individuals who accumulate a balanced understanding of both the past and present. Because we ourselves make history every day, the study of it helps us in knowing what our forefathers did in the past and whether or not it was right.
1. History repeats itself:
I have detailed nine of the best reasons to study history, but by far the most important and the biggest reason to study history is because history repeats itself. It is important to read and learn about others mistakes in the past so that we do not commit the same mistakes in the future. It is very important to not repeat the kind of things that have not really helped the world in anyway but have only added to the miseries of mankind. It is believed that those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it!