Why is it important to study history?

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mkoren eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are several reasons why it is important to study history. The phrase “history repeats itself” is commonly used. By studying history, we can learn from past mistakes so we don’t make the same ones in the future.

The parallels in history are very similar. The names and places may change, but the events that have occurred throughout history are very similar. If people would analyze historical events, they could use that knowledge to make future decisions. This can apply to individuals in their own life or to countries as they plan future actions. For example, Germany suffered from the same mistakes Napoleon made when he was defeated in Russia when they invaded the Soviet Union in World War II.

The study of history can serve as a roadmap for individuals and for countries as they make decisions about future activities.

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