Why Studying History is so Important

Shouldn’t bygones be bygones? This is a question that people ask themselves in relation to the study of history. Studying history is however quite important. Through it you get a bearing of how we came to be where we are. For instance you can get a sense of how the Greek civilization, the Roman era and the Roman Catholic period came to influence our present civilization.

Learn From Our Mistakes

History further helps us avoid the mistakes of our forefathers. Throughout history people have made blunders that not only cost nations and individuals in terms of capital but of lives. Studying the past shows us how for example the two world wars cost millions of lives and financial loss. Through such wars however great nations have been born and some extinguished forever. As they say the victors are the ones who write our history. You also get to arrange for the future. Strategies can be put in place to avoid or get through tragedies such as the Great Depression.

Political Evolution

Knowing our past assists in policy making. You get to find out what shaped the beliefs and culture of the past people. You find out how monarchies came to be formed in Europe, the decentralized system in most African communities or the ideas that shaped the system that the American founders set in place. History shows us who fared better among countries that chose communism as compared to those that chose capitalism.

Who Influenced the Future

Many great people have existed over the years and by reading we get to know them and their achievements. These great minds, leaders and inventors should be acknowledged since their contributions continue to awe or influence the present generation. You can see great art from Michelangelo, Van Gogh or da Vinci, great maritime feats, Great War heroes or engineering achievements. In every discipline there is a person whose work influenced entire generations.ย  Here is a look at some of the most influential people throughout history.

Better Thinking Skills

Studying history may help you get through life in a smarter and logical way. By knowing what went on internationally, locally and at an individual level you know what drives people to greatness. That then helps you in adjusting your lifestyle, creating goals and achieving them. Development at an individual or national level majorly stems from an in-depth knowledge of our past.

Knowing about our culture, beliefs and traditions and how they came to be is crucial. People in the past came up with these traditions to make life livable and harmonious. History helps us appreciate how the culture they formed however barbaric or primitive gave the present generation a lifeline. You shouldn’t forget your history then. Should you?

Why We are Fascinated with Ancient History

The study of our past is a vast field. It is mysterious, deep and extremely fascinating. The pharaohs of Egypt, the civilization that flourished in the Indus valley, ancient Greeks and Romans, these are only a few of the so many communities which have now vanished. Although they are gone their relics and stories remain and their story will be told as long as humanity continues to thrive on this planet.

Fascination with the Past

What makes all those people and their traditions and practices so interesting? Maybe it is because they lived in a world so different from the one we are familiar with. Human beings are alike in so many ways, the capacity for intelligent thinking, yearning for love, same basic needs and a drive to express ourselves. And yet the question remains, how did people who are so similar fundamentally create empires so different? The answer to the question is a complex one and trying to answer that question throws light on more questions. What is the true nature of humanity? Studying history is a path to studying ourselves.

Lost Civilizations

Ancient history offers us perspective. It is an escape from the mundane modern life. The thrilling tales of mighty rulers, wars fought out to a bitter end. They are entertaining as well as inspiring. It is surprising how much humans have achieved despite very little advance in technology. Rumors of ancient lost secrets and priceless artifacts still have archeologists and even bounty hunters digging deep. Countless novels have been written and movies made which relate to archeology and often some long lost civilization.

Understanding of the Past

Studying history is not just memorizing dates and events. It is more about understanding why something occurred. Just like our life is defined by our experiences history tries to paint a larger picture. It can define how we behave as a collective. Studying and analyzing the causes and effects of a past event is exactly what is required to prevent it from happening again or to repeat it. Just like experimental observations are important for science to progress history studies events over long intervals of time.

Also our ancestors are a part of us. We bear our identities with pride. We all come from history. In all the stories we hear about our homeland there was somebody related to us living those tales. Understanding who we once were and how that part of us influences the world we live in now is truly what makes ancient history such a fascinating study.