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Why Study History?. Is History Useful?. It doesn’t help build schools, fight fires, perform operations, help sell merchandise, or launch a space shuttle. So…why do we study history?. History Helps Us Understand OUR WORLD. You cannot understand people if you do not understand their past

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Is history useful
Is History Useful?

  • It doesn’t help build schools, fight fires, perform operations, help sell merchandise, or launch a space shuttle.

  • So…why do we study history?


History helps us understand our world
History Helps Us Understand OUR WORLD

  • You cannot understand people if you do not understand their past

  • You cannot understand our community if you do not know how it came to be

  • You cannot understand our nation without history

  • You cannot understand our world if you do not understand history


History give us identity
History Give Us Identity

  • Studying history gives people a sense of nationalism

  • It gives groups such as ethnic, organization, even schools a sense of identity

  • It gives family and personal identity as well


History helps us understand people
History Helps Us Understand People

  • People make up society and it is very hard to test how that kind of group behaves when it is made up of 4 billion people

  • History acts as a “social laboratory”, one of the few way we can help predict the future behavior of such a large group


Those that study and understand history become good citizens
Those That Study and Understand History Become Good Citizens

  • It provides national identity

  • Provides examples of success, morality and of course the examples of the opposite

  • Helps us understand current world affairs and conflicts by understanding the root of the problems

  • Provides support for making decisions and encourages, “responsible public behavior, whether as a national or community leader, an informed voter, a petitioner, or a simple observer. ”


Now that i have you all convinced history is important

Now that I have you all convinced history is important…

How do you take the first steps to become a historian?


Jobs of the historian
Jobs of the Historian

  • Historians have at least four different jobs

  • Each of these jobs is important to understand the past so we are able to understand ourselves, our society and our world


The detective
The Detective

  • Investigates the past

  • Determines what happened

  • Separates truth from falsehoods or misinterpretations

  • Separates out bias in historical writing to find the truth (or as close as possible)


The storyteller
The Storyteller

  • Tells the story of history to others

  • Imparts lessons, morals, and other learning of history

  • Entertains and fascinates with the epic story of our history


The judge
The Judge

  • Judges history and makes moral decisions. Example: was someone evil or just misunderstood?

  • Ever heard the saying, “We will see how history judges me?”

  • Sorts what should be emulated and what should be discarded


The philosopher
The Philosopher

  • Is a reflector and may also be speculating on what was right or wrong

  • Ponders important questions and attempts to pull out meaning from history

  • Not only speculates on the lessons of the past but also may attempt to predict the future


The end is just the beginning
The End Is Just the Beginning

  • Are you willing to put on the four hats of historian and attempt to understand the past…

  • In order to ensure a brighter future for yourself, for your family, for your community, for your nation, and for your world?


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