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The Discipline of History
A look at the nature of history and the reasons for studying it.
# 133637 | 750 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in History (General)

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This paper brings together quotations from a number of leading historians, as well as mentioning the fact that the Bible is replete with history, and the Greeks were writing history from the dawn of recorded history. The paper draws from quotations ranging from the supportive to the cynical, but notably does include Santayana's famous quip that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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"The American Heritage Dictionary defines "history" as "the branch of knowledge that records and analyzes past events." Very early, people wrote history. The Bible includes a great deal of history about the early Jewish people, their wars, their leaders, and their customs and culture. Homer's Iliad is part of a cycle of tales telling the history of the Trojan War. (Lattimore) In the golden age of Greek civilization, men turned specifically to recording and analyzing their past. One of these, Polybius, explained the task of the historian: That historians should give their own country a break, I grant you; but..."

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