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What is History?. History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illuminates reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life, and brings us tidings of antiquity. (Cicero) History is Philosophy teaching by examples. (Thucydides)

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big thinkers

History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illuminates reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life, and brings us tidings of antiquity. (Cicero)

  • History is Philosophy teaching by examples. (Thucydides)
  • History is the "know thyself" of humanity -- the self-consciousness of mankind. (Droysen)
  • A nation which does not know what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. (Woodrow Wilson)
  • History is a people\'s memory, and without memory man is demoted to the lower animals. (Malcolm X)
Big Thinkers…

History is the lie commonly agreed upon. (Voltaire)

  • History: An account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools. (Ambrose Bierce)
  • History . . . is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. (Edward Gibbon)
  • History, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in. . . .The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all. (Jane Austen)
can t really argue

History teaches us the mistakes we are going to make.(Unknown)

  • Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past. (George Orwell)
  • No single man makes history. History cannot be seen just as one cannot see grass growing. (Boris Pasternak)
  • What experience and history teach is this-that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it. (G. W. F. Hegel)
  • Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.(African Proverb)
Can’t really argue….
what they said

“Professor Johnston often said that if you didn\'t know history, you didn\'t know anything.  You were a leaf that didn\'t know it was part of a tree.”(Michael Crichton, Timeline)

  • History paints the human heart.(Napoleon I)
  • History is an argument without end. (Peter Geyl)
  • History does not repeat itself except in the minds of those who do not know history.(Kahlil Gibran)
  • “We\'re all intrigued by this. That\'s why we\'re all here. It\'s not just about the rocks and the rubble. It\'s about these people. Who were they? And what were their stories? It helps us to understand where we came from, or where we\'re going.” (Michael Crichton, Timeline)
What they Said!

If one could make alive again for other people … breathe some breath and character into dead names and stiff portraits.  That is history to me!(George Macaulay Trevelyan)

History: Gossip well told. (Elbert Hubbard.)

History never looks like history when you are living through it.(John W. Gardner)

History is the record of what one age finds worthy of note in another.  (Jacob Burckhardt)

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down. (A. Whitney Brown)

things we learn from history

We see a reflection of ourselves

  • An understanding of our World around us
    • Past, present, future!
    • Why things are happening
  • Curiosity
    • Kids – “Why are pigeons different colours?”
    • What are you curious about? (Why is it rude to make hand gestures with your left in Indonesia?)
    • The answers are written down somewhere in the record of the past!
Things we learn from history…
okay but what about getting a job

Skills you learn from studying history include:

    • Ability to work co-operatively with people
    • Effective communication skills
      • Verbal, written, create presentations
      • Negotiate, questioning, summarizing
    • Ability to understand cause-and-effect relationships
    • Formulate and ask good questions
    • Critical thinking, analytical skills, problem solving
    • Research skills, use of different tools (technology, sources)
    • Self motivation and reliance, work without direct supervision
    • Ability to establish a context for your thinking, approach problems with an open mind
Okay, but what about getting a job…
possible careers

Museum cataloguer, archivist, curator, museum guide, museum exhibit designer, historian, anthropologist, archaeologist

  • Police officer, detective, criminologist, corrections officer, lawyer
  • Social services, social worker, counselor
  • Reporter, journalist, news analyst, editor, novelist, publisher, screenwriter, director
  • Teacher, professor, librarian, research assistant, research director
  • Politician, campaign consultant, political scientist
  • Marketing, sales, investments, accounting, banking, economist
  • Travel guide, travel agent, flight attendant, foreign correspondent

…And so many more!

Possible careers
did you know

The Star Wars films are full of history!

    • Phantom Menace – costumes from ancient Chinese designs, pod race = Roman chariot race
    • Stormtroopers – name, walk, etc from WWII
    • Rebel Alliance = French & Dutch Resistance
    • Empire = who do you think!!!
  • Schindler’s List, Titanic, Gladiator, Forrest Gump, Timeline, The Godfather trilogy, The Tudors, new HBO show (1920s Gangsters)
  • Computer and Video Games
  • Theatre – Les Miserables, Miss Saigon


the study of history is relevant for any profession you can imagine!

Did you know…