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Why history matters

I AM OFTEN asked what is the point of history and why does it matter what happened long ago?

The answer is history is inescapable and, far from being a ‘dead’ subject, it connects things through time and encourages people to take a long view or, as Winston Churchill once famously said, ‘the farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see’.

History has made us what we are. The decisions and actions of our ancestors have shaped the land and locality we live in. Whatever you look at has roots in history. Have you ever wondered why we eat with knives and forks but some other cultures use chopsticks? History will tell you; it is being made every day.

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