"Why Study History" by Peter N. Sterns Response
Over the Summer, I was given a privilege to read and respond to "Don't Know Much About History" by Kenneth C. Davis. When I was first given the prompt, I felt very challenged, but took it head on. Since having read, and responded to the novel, I have been able to make direct connections through every-day conversations, and topics in my classes. Without the knowledge that I obtained through learning a massive amount of history through a 694 page book, I would not have been able to contribute, nor make sincere associations with the conversations being held.
To understand the future, we must first understand the past, and how we got to our current point in the first place. In my previous years through grade school, history has been a prominent subject in my learning experience. Through nearly every subject, history has been a basic building-block along the road of schooling - whether it be through English, Mathematics, Art, Science, etc, they all started somewhere, which we unfold through history.
Peter N. Sterns' points and ideas were very logical, and I am confident in saying that I agree with all of them. This particular prompt reminds me of the statement "one who does not know history is doomed to repeat it", just as Mark Twain famously said, "History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme." Just as couples who do know learn from their fights break up - if you do not learn history, you will never be able to grow, and expand your knowledge. Consequently, if you do not know your history, how do you expect to escape the mistakes others have made and laid out for you?
Learning and obtaining the priceless knowledge that history has to offer is one of the greatest gifts a student can receive. History does in fact "harbor beauty", which is to be learned and digested. Whether it be through schooling, or merely a fascination with the past, history is one of the most important subjects when acquiring an...
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