Why is the study of history such a useful discipline?

Why is the study of history such a useful discipline?

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Good question. I think that it gives you an excellent insight into the reasons why things are they way they are today. It also helps you understand how difficult change has been and the larger than life characters that have made it happen.
hyperion
24 June 2013
It's interesting that this question was raised at this time... Reforms are taking place in history, but not without controversy. www.guardian.co.uk…history-curriculum
mjhansford
25 June 2013
Yes, I think the key here is that History encourages analytical and skeptical thinking. Now, that doesn't suit everybody, does it?
eddie
25 June 2013
It is important to learn from the past, that's what our history teacher said.
dirch13
17 July 2013
So it doesn't happen again- e.g. The Holocaust would be awful if it ever happened again.
dirch13
17 July 2013
Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it... in other words, history points lessons and warnings for both the present and the future. Its study also hones your cognitive skills: memory, understanding, critical thinking, interpretative ability and all round literacy. The study of the history of a subject, technology, society or activity also provides essential deep insight into its current status or condition. Finally, history students have to be able to write. Good writing is crucial and history writing exercises your vocabulary, discursive skills, grammatical accuracy and capacity to formulate a clear and graspable argument. I hope this helps.
cognitivedan
05 August 2013
History allows people to not only understand how things happen, but also why. For example, studying the background of a historical figure such as a politician allows you to understand their actions better - how the past has helped to shape the future! It also helps to teach you to develop arguments, by trying to establish what was the most important factor that led to a historical event :)
Alexandra G.
19 August 2013
The holocaust did happen again, if not to the same degree. Rawanda and Bosnia are
eddie
19 August 2013
... two examples.
eddie
19 August 2013
Good point Alexandrag. History does attempt to gain an insight into the actions of individuals and aims to re-assess accepted causes of events.
eddie
19 August 2013
History helps us develop new skills on how to move on with our daily lives
Peter
22 September 2020
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