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What is the purpose of the study of history?

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Louise manning Col A 27 05/10/2001 History Prep 1 What is the purpose of the study of history? Why we study history has been a question asked by many kinds of people for centuries, many say it is pointless, but still thousands of school children are made to study it. At the start of my Deputy Grecians year I had to change my lessons, because I could not do chemistry and physics, and I needed to do chemistry. So out of the lessons in that block I chose history, but why? We study history and the people of the past to help us understand human behaviour of today and to understand what terrible and great things humans can do. Espually the monstrous people of the past encourage us (or frighten) us in to wanting to why it happened and to know if it could happen again. For example the Nazis did experiments on live human beings against their human morals and religions just because they were told. So what is to stop this happening again or was there special circumstances? This prompted many experiments, the two most famous were in America on normal people of society: Experiment 1 - A subject was brought into a room and told to give an electric shock to the trainee every time he got an answer wrong. Every time he got an answer wrong the voltage would increase a little. ...read more.


Eventually she became one of the greatest monarchs in English history. These historical storied are so great and interesting that they are replayed and remade every year to be sold to a new generation. Every week we see at lease ten documentaries on the television about the past, if these stories were not interesting enough for people they would not be shown. Lastly these stories inspire authors to rewrite new stories for us to enjoy or to simply adapt old ones. Religion is a type of history, religion means a lot to a great number of people on Earth, and to some it is all they have. the most popular religion in the United Kingdom and most of the world is Christianity based on a book or stories. Weather they are true or not is unimportant, because they give the morality needed and the reasons behind it all. The only real part of the book without any kind of story is the 10 commandments, which is actually in the story of Mosses. Nearly all religions are passed on in these ways using historical stories to enthesise their points and meanings. Studying history allows us to get rid of biases, which are produced at the time of the event. This means that when a war occurs each side may hate the other and blame the other side for the death and destruction. ...read more.


As in the past we did not like being ruled or grouped to tightly together, why would we want to be in the future. The papacy was not able to keep a united Europe, and that was with the belief that turning against him would send us to hell. So how do government ministers think they can keep fifteen totally different countries as one? However, we can not properly understand what will happen until our future becomes our past. This especially shows in the treaty of Versailles which was supposed to be a remake of the treaty of Venice (kept war away for about fifty years), but it is not quite work the second time around However, the main reason I think we study history is because we enjoy it. If no body enjoyed history then there would not be enough people good at it to be relevant, there would also not be as many book or films on the subject for us to enjoy. There are not many good jobs that need history as a skill, but still thousands of people all over the world study and read about history even if only for fun because they are passionate about it. This is the only reason I am studying history because I enjoy it, and if you enjoy something then you will find a use for it. The past can not tell us our future it can only guide us, circumstances and opinions change so even these directions can be totally wrong. ...read more.

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