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What is History

Updated on September 27, 2019
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Jason, is an educator that uses his spare time to write poems

What is History

According to Webster and Oxford dictionaries, history is the chronological record of important events (affecting a nation, an individual, or institution) that oftentimes accompanies an explanation. Even though this is a commonly accepted definition of history it is not only just the record of the past events but also the cause and effect of events.

A student would often ask the purpose of learning history. They would argue that history is boring and does not help in preparing them for a career. If you think about, history is all around us and being used in every facet of your life like your medical and dental record during your doctor’s appointment, your photos and drawing you made, the result of last night’s basketball game is part of history.

How should I View History?

‘History is not just a catalogue of events put in the right order like a railway timetable’ - A.J.P. Taylor

The word history came the Greek word “historia" which means to inquire. History is not only about recording the past but also investigating it and finding the veracity of events with reliable testimonies and evidence. It is a study deeply rooted in making an inquiry, analyzing the past, and looking back at the past to get a better understanding of the events and find the truth behind the myths and propagandas.

Currently, historians get their sources from different places. Different perspectives are now considered as long as there are shreds of evidence to support it.

Why Is It Important to Learn History?

  • To learn about the past

In studying history, you will learn about the struggles and achievements of humanity. It might give inspiration to a person to do good or teach him to avoid the blunders and evils made by humanity.

  • To understand the present

Studying the past will give you a better view of the current situation of the world. Many problems the world face today is the result of our past. Understanding the cause and the current situation would help you better the future.

  • To have a bigger perspective

A student of history would have the chance to know other societies and cultures that would help him understand the perspective of other people. Having empathy is the key to understanding other people.

  • To achieve a critical mind

Studying about the problem and the possible solution is important in history. You will understand the root cause of many contemporary issues plaguing our society.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Jason Villar


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