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What is the aim and purpose of history?

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mattlimey | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted May 18, 2013 at 9:00 AM via web

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What is the aim and purpose of history?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 18, 2013 at 2:07 PM (Answer #2)

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The main purpose of history, other than the simple fact that we human beings seem to want to know things for the sake of knowing them, is to help us understand humanity and what we are like as human beings.

It is often said that those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it.  This saying hints at the purpose of history.  History can, it is hoped, help us to avoid making the same mistakes that have been made in the past.  If it is to do this, the study of history must teach us things about how we as humans react to certain conditions and events. 

By looking at history, we can understand something of the diversity and commonality of the human experience.  We can see how various peoples have reacted to things like industrialization and globalization.  We can see what sorts of choices people have made that have led to disasters in the past.  These kinds of knowledge allow us to have a greater understanding of how human beings work.

As a practical matter, this is the goal and aim of history.  It aims to give us the ability to understand humanity and, by doing so, to better understand the choices we face today.

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bullbudder | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 18, 2013 at 11:29 AM (Answer #1)

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TO TELL that some events did really occur..at a time in the past

for example we know jesus is real cause there we have his history

but do we have exact history of other things .......as a result we dont 

believe many things and think of it as a fairy tale ,........................

history especially written ones tell us that some things did really occur in the past and we r now aware of it..

 

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