Why do people study history.

Essay by mimieyesCollege, Undergraduate November 2003

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History, a set of record that interprets past events in the development of human beings. Each war, revolution, reformation, innovation, and movement has altered history and lay the foundation for the present and the future. We are what we are, and where we are, because of our ancestors. For example, during 500 B.C. to 1400 A.D., the Renaissance contributed to an intellectual movement, and from 1400-1900, the industrial revolution spurred a production and technology revolution. Each of these changes advanced the way mankind lives, and think. Like Neil Armstrong said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Some people said history is like a mirror, it helps people understand human behaviors. By looking at the mirror, we can improve and learn ourselves through the past events. At the time of turmoil, plague, and repulsive sanitation, a gradual change took place from the medieval times to a period of revival and a passage to modern times begun.

This transition gradually started from 1350-1600 and is known as the Renaissance. Contrasting with the past, long traditions are being questioned and education became essential to human improvement. Art, literature, and architecture all took new forms during the revival. Art started to express emotion and personality in contrast to religious matters. The new attitudes about education and individualism developed in the culture transformation have lasted and is the belief we lived by today. From the Renaissance, history teaches us how be more tolerate of other cultures and innovations. Also it helps people recognized the importance of education.

By studying history you can study anything for the simple reason that everything has a history. Even history itself has a history. It is also a way we can know ourselves, the true self. To know yourself means to be aware...