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G6: Ancient Civilizations: What is History?

Why Study History?

People live in the present. They plan for and worry about the future. History, however, is the study of the past. Given all the demands that press in from living in the present and anticipating what is yet to come, why bother with what has been? Given all the desirable and available branches of knowledge, why insist—as most educational programs do—on a good bit of history? - Peter N. Stearns

Why study history?