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Why do you believe people study history? Discuss.

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T.O.K Essay On History "Why do you believe people study history?" Discuss. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" George Santayana. 1921. What is the point of history? In what way is history affecting me? Why do people even bother studying history?" We live in a world, trapped in the endeavors of the present, in an almost sick anticipation of the future. Everything we do in one-way or another, is ultimately trying to make tomorrow better than today. So are there really any valid reasons to dig into the past, reminiscent of ghosts long put to rest? ...read more.

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1961. What Is History? My point of view may seem very narrow-minded or stalwart, but if we look at the reasoning behind the argument contextually at least, it is a very solid argument. Why is history so vital for the future then? No one really knows what will happen in the future, of course we can all speculate, plan and imagine, but at the end of the day we have very little control over what happens. History however, can act as a "dialogue" with the past, in which it explores the lessons, left behind and plot them into an outline upon which we can develop both the present and the future. ...read more.

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Financial progress can only be measured after the car has driven on, and we look back at what we passed." Unknown From a different perspective, history itself - or the act of researching the past, is both an acknowledgement of those who lived before us, as well as homage to the many things they lived through and resulted in our being here today. In conclusion, I feel like history is not only a list of memorable dates, or important figures that mark man's progress, but in essence the answer to the how and why we are where we are at now. Leading to my final answer; I believe people study history to ultimately learn more about themselves. Final Word Count: 599 Sources: http://archaeology.about.com/cs/quotes/qt/quote115.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santayana http://www.historians.org/pubs/free/WhyStudyHistory.htm http://www.jstor.org/pss/259772 ...read more.

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