Category Archives: Why History?

Why History? (6: Truth)

The last entry in this serious will explore one of the deeper and more important uses of history. “History is written by the victor” is an oft-used maxim. It is opposition to this, that true history must find its way. … Continue reading

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Why History? (5: Money)

Probably one of the stranger reasons to study history. The title does not refer to earning money, though history does, despite what some may say, offer opportunity for that. No, I mean in a different way. You should study history … Continue reading

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Why History? (4: Talent)

The question that has been posed at me – “Why did you study history?” – is often said with a varying degree of (good-natured) scorn evident. This is from people who study subjects considered, by the majority within the academic … Continue reading

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Why History? (3: Stories)

History is a vast repository of human experience and knowledge. But in so doing, it is also a vast repository of something else. You should study history because of its stories. No other discipline can claim to be as much … Continue reading

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Why History? (2: Lessons)

History comes from the ancient Greek word historia which means “to enquire” or “knowledge”. And that is what history is, a vast repository of knowledge that we can enquire into. About, well, anything. We need history because it can be … Continue reading

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Why History? (1: Understanding)

This is a little series of posts I’ve been contemplating for a while now, as I considered the question: “Why study history?” in response to what may seem, in recent times in this country, a dearth of importance placed in … Continue reading

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