What areas of history do feel get missed when studied and discussed?
Archeological finds that are connected to religions. When I was in school it was just ways to disprove hahaha.
Social and economic history 1850-1950. How the West came to be a decent place for ordinary people to live (almost)
The Burma campaign of the 2nd world war. the "forgotten 14th amry" and they U-GO offensive. all i seem to hear is D-day, Battle of Britain and El Alamein. yet tens of thousands of men were figthing in Burma against the Japanese. Completely missed.
I'd like to know more about the Anazazi and the Mississippian periods in America and their ties to Mayan and Aztecs civilizations.
For Texas History...the Battle of San Jacinto always ends up as a footnote...when it was one of the most decisive battles ever fought in the history of battles...across the globe...for all time.
Thanks sneako...not to take anything away from the Alamo...It was an incredible act of courage and defiance...Then came the next phase in Texas History known as the Texian Army's path to San Jacinto!
I sure would have liked to have seen Santa Anna in a dress!
The so-called Dark Ages. It wasn't until my senior year in high school when I began studying Medieval music and literature that I realized that the conventional wisdom I'd been fed regarding that time period was quite inadequate and did not reflect everything that happened then.
I'm ashamed of this: I never once thought about how history was socially constructed until I went to college.
In a sense, there is no "history." You have to ask *whose* history. Were the writers of history actually the winners of a military or ideological conflict? If so, that makes a big difference.
I would say the history of labor struggles in the US. Quite a few people died and went to prison so that we could have our 40 hour work week and sick leave.
Also, I don't think people realize how radical the tactics of the Women's Suffrage movement were.
I think the country would also benefit from learning the environmental history of North America - the mass kill off of Buffalo, the extinction the Chestnut tree, mass deforestation and logging, strip mining, etc.
In my view the Holocaust lacks attention, because of the other victims of the nazis that rarely get mentioned like the gypsies, free masonry, homosexuals and disabled people as well as the jehovas witnesses and many others.
When people think of the holocaust all they think of is auschwitz and hitler and the final solution but they dont see just who else suffered under the jack boot.
Colonization needs to be analyzed more....it is so quickly glossed over...and its true effects are largely ignored...
In the UK, history in general doesn't get much attention. It doesn't always get taught as a separate subject in schools anymore and a lot of kids have very little historical knowledge.
I think that this is a great shame, as how can you understand the world you live in today if you don't know anything about it's past and how countires developed into what they are now?
Yes, I agree totally! I don't know if you ever watch the quiz show Eggheads? When you get teams of young challengers you always know that they're going to be completely stuffed if history ever comes up as a round.
Someone mentioned the Holocaust. While I agree that the non-Jewish victims receive proportionately too little attention, I'm always puzzled that the Holocaust as a whole features far more prominently in discussions of historical atrocities than - say - Stalin's purges.
I think that economics/money has a lot more effect on historical events than people give it credit for. Last night I saw a documentary about the British navy, and how funds were raised to pay for it at the tail end of the eighteenth century... by levying a new tax, for the first time ever in Britain: income tax. And more generally, the fractional reserve system also has a profound effect on our economics and hence our culture.
History lacks attention all over.
Don't forget that History is written by Man. and Man usually writes down what he thinks is the best. Not the truth.I see very little truth in History. I only pay attention to plain facts. The rest I disbelieve.
the Nazis didn't kill only Jews, but you don't find records of other killings.
the man on the moon . True, false ?
History of Electricity.
and so on.
It is a tough one, but there is so much history to learn and so little time to learn it. At school, we were taught a lot of Viking and Roman history, because they were the biggest influence on the area. In Greece, they could teach nothing but Greek history at school and barely scratch the surface.
Still, if people love history they will search out their own subjects and explore new areas.
On a world scale, I believe that pre-colonial African history is woefully neglected - they were not just 'savages.'
Agreed...you can really just rattle off any pre-colonial society where the majority were considered 'savages'...For instance, the Americas and Africa
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We know that so many of the names of our cities & states are taken from Native American words, but we for the most part have no idea what those words mean.
American schools teach about Geronimo and the Trail of Tears, but why not be teaching more of the pre-colonial history and culture?
About the records of Nazis and their other killings look at my pages on jehovas witnesses, homosexuals and mental and disabled victims i got my facts but it took ages to find them plus they are only estimates as the total number exceeds all of the ones.
But they should teach all about the other victims of the nazis because not many know the persecution others went through like free masonry and the gypsies.
I think the bit where no weapons of mass destruction were found where we were told they would be found...perhaps we could look at that bit of history again......
hello Tantrum....yes indeed Iraq inquiry going on in England at the moment....Tony Blair says world a safer place without Saddam....tell that to the 100,000 people butchered in Iraq....including American and British Solidiers.....plenty of lies and spin......
The new world order will look very like the old world order.....the people with nothing will continue to have nothing and the people with plenty will have a little more....
"Follow the money" Where did the French get financing for their revolution, the Russians as well.
Who financed the Third Reich?
I think the history of where credit was acquired would answer a lot of our historical questions.
mainstream history is the one much talked about
history nowadays is about those who ruled the world and their colonization and domains etc
what is lacking is local history in each and every nation so that they will have a sense of belongingness, I have noticed that colonization is much given emphasis instead of history before colonization
I am amused by ancient history less wriritngs because there is no written record only archeological facts
I think learning more about the United States before it became industrialised would be interesting, since they try so hard to sweep recent american history under the rug. If it doesn't involve a war, or someone running for office, or killed in office, it doesn't get included.
We learn a lot about our war presidents, like Lincoln and Roosevelt, and those invovled with the world wars. But, not a lot was said about our history during times when there were no wars. Where is the in between?
For example, we never really talk about what life was like for the average person during the years when America was segregated, other than what we hear about the supression of african americans. I think it would be interesting to learn what life was like for both sides before Martin Luther King.
Another thing that we seldom discuss, is what american life was like before they acted on child labor laws, and getting children out of the factories. Which is somthing we cry foul on today, even though we had it here for years, and hugely wealthy american corporations tried very hard to keep the kids working.
There is a lot of our culture that is pretty much grey. And, I think diving into that would be interesting. There is a lot more I would like to say, but I would probably get burned. As
in, why is it so hard for our government to work together to
solve problems in this country. They seem to have no problem
thumping the grounds every where but here.
I feel like US schools need to teach more about world history. These students know about Thomas Jefferson's favorite color, quotes and where he lives but they have no idea that Omar is a country or the capital of Spain!
I love ancient history. Had a course in high school and loved it.
The entire period of American colonial history from just after the founding of Plymouth in 1620 until the beginning of the French and indian War in 1754. This period is barely ever mentioned in high school and college American History classes, and that is a shame because in it we find the first clues of the causes of the American Revolution. How many people graduate from high school knowing that the English and the French fought at least three major wars in Europe and the Americas before 1754, and that American resentment of English colonial policies dates from these conflicts? Probably not many, because it's never discussed. I also think that there needs to be more coverage of American history from 1963 to the present--American history does not end with the Kennedy assassination, and yet most survey courses tend to conclude right there or shortly after.
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