I’m always stunned when I hear people say they don’t like history. To be honest, I’m not even sure what this means. How can you not like something that is so vast and far reaching? Nowadays, history also includes sociology and anthropology. So, saying that you don’t like history is a bit like saying you don’t like food.
History is the connective tissue that links events together. History is every idea that every was. Without it, how would we understand the broader developments that shaped our lives? Being able to think historically, that is — being able to interpret the raw data of history using narrative, imagination and understanding — expands our understandings of society, politics, and the economy to name just a few. Important stuff given the times we live in, no?
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