History in Context

For whatever reason, history is a dirty word in most circles, a supposedly boring subject that was the scorn of students in high school, more of an excuse to nap than to find understanding in the world around them. Unfortunately, such disdain may have lead us in the predicament we are in now as a nation, as we sit in the face of history unsure of how we managed to find ourselves in our current situation, yet unsteady in how to solve the problems. The media is no help, for history never factors into the two minute soundbytes that pass as news, if we only looked at those briefs, we would be given facts and misleading information that has little to no context whatsoever. This column, will look at issues facing us as a nation and give the historical context behind them, by looking at the precedents, the reasons, and the issues that have factored into the current headlines. Everything happens for a reason and is quite often the next chapter in the ongoing problems that have continued throughout history. It may sound cliche, but it’s true: with a better understanding of history, we can have a better understanding of the world around us, and with that, the tools to survive and thrive in the international community.

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