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What is History

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Lobo, Patrick Period 4 What is History? History is the way that each individual person views the past. History can be different according to the culture that one lives in, the area that they live in, and many other factors that separate every human being apart. History is not something that is finite, and though it may be written in stone by cavemen, in the figurative interpretation it holds no truth. History is always changing and even the most important events in history and still disputed and depending on whose eyes you look the view will change. ...read more.

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Otherwise you just have to take the words of all those who documented their lives and, like a puzzle, put all these stories together to see the big picture. Without history we would end up just like animals with no memory of past events. The only thing that separates us from the rest of living creatures is history. Voltaire said, "History is the lie commonly agreed upon." This quote truly shows how history really is. History is just a whole bunch of opinions put together to formulate a broad view of what took place and then that view is commonly accepted and that is when it is written down and turned into "fact." ...read more.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "There is properly no history; only biography." This quote shows how history does not exist, as we believe it to be but rather it is just the biographies of many people put together to give us insight into the past and this helps us understand the events that took place to bring us to where we are. Although history may not always be true and is bias, we can still learn from history and use it in order to improve our future. Voltaire, (1753). What is History?. Retrieved August 25, 2009, from University of North Florida Web site: http://www.unf.edu/~clifford/craft/what.htm Emerson, R.W. (1836). What is History?. Retrieved August 25, 2009, from The History Guide Web site: http://www.historyguide.org/history.html Cespedes, J.R. (2009). IB-AP Syllabus. Retrieved August 25, 2009, from International Baccalaureate History Web site: http://drcespedes.teach-nology.com/ ...read more.

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