History Improves our Understanding.

The study of history is important because it allows one to make more sense of the current world. One can look at past economic and cultural trends and be able to offer reasonable predictions of what will happen next in today’s world. One can also understand why some rules exist in the modern world and how history has culminated into the present “status quo” that we have today. For example, one can understand the importance of the social welfare programs if a person looks at the Great Depression and New Deal. We can also look at the history of law and see how constitutions were established and the rule of law has evolved from the days of Babylon to our modern judicial system.

History can teach us about culture and the development of cultural trends. The development of music, art, recreation, fashion, and fads. Music for instance developed as simple tones or scales and has evolved into the harmonic array that we have today. Another instance of evolution in history is the changes in world cuisine, where two thousand years ago what was on a Roman’s dinner table would be considered grotesque today – was quite common for their time. Also through each period there were the different fashion trends that suited people at the time – but most periods had something that was in vogue at one time or another.

The history of science and technology is very interesting and is a good to know of how we got from that point to modern day times. Did the development of science and technology take too long? For instance, in Ancient Rome they had already discovered the basic design of the steam power. But it took 1800 years from that time to discover its potential use as an actual engine. Also, something like medical science took so long to understand and for years they were pretty much in the dark about anatomy – it took “doctors” until the mid-19th century to realize that washing your hands was essential to keep a sterile environment for surgery. Before then people never washed their hands or understood the correlation between cleanliness and disease. Today this is common knowledge.

If those are not good reasons for studying history, one can study history because it allows one to exercise his/her critical thinking skills. These critical thinking skills are important for all areas in life, academic and otherwise. Historians also write a great deal; a study of history allows one to practice writing for different audiences.

Historical Navigation

For the journey through history (relating to the content of this website) we will rely on varying cultural documentaries. But a primary source, someone with credentials, will be a passed away professor of history from UCLA (Eugen Weber). Weber created a short, express series of lectures on the chronology of Western history in 30-minute episodes. Weber explores the early human civilizations, from Egypt, to Roman, Dark Ages, Middle Ages – and up to modern times. I believe it to be a good analysis of history. I will also include other documentaries from the internet and other varying sources. And then of course I’ll include myself, Jason, an average joe, who is a connoisseur with an interest in history. I do a lot of reading, cooking, art exploration – and kind of have an average joe opinion on things.

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Eugen Weber – Wikipedia

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