I believe the single most important reason to study history is that history teaches us to think. Whether it is American, European, military, art, ancient, modern, religious, or archaeological (and so on), history enables us to contemplate the experiences that came before us. It is true that history is the record of our past; however, I think history is more than time and place. History allows us to think about the greatest question humanity has ever asked: Why...? Finish the question any way you want. Studying history allows humanity to look at its own reflection. We can embrace the reflection (good and bad) and be stronger for it, or we can turn away from our reflection, denying we ever existed at all. Which perspective do you think humanity has a better chance of survival with?