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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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