Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ten Reasons to Study World History


We just finished listening to A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich, read by Ralph Coshen. Ana-Braga Henebry recommended it at the Love2Learn blog and we would like to thank her for introducing us to this remarkable audio. We loved every minute of it, and that's saying a lot because it is nine hours long!

Ten Reasons to Study World History:
  • World History is the story of where we came from.
  • World History puts us in contact with those people and cultures that developed, discovered, and or invented many of the things we rely upon for life today. This way, we know who to thank for our alphabet, for example, language, numerical system, religion, or system of government.
  • The study of World History presents a broad tapestry of human thought and behavior throughout time which gives us insight into human nature.
  • History repeats itself. While we may not be able to change the course of modern events entirely, we can take the lessons from history and use them to change ourselves and influence our culture.
  • The study of World History makes us grateful for the blessings of modern life. I'd rather pay a mortgage on a house in the suburbs, for example, than live in a cold and drafty castle-- thank you.
  • A study of World History assists in the moral life. History is replete with examples of good men to imitate and bad men to learn from by negative example.
  • The study of history helps us to understand the meaning of historical references in literature, poetry, and political writing. What, for example, is the proverbial "Gordian Knot?"
  • The study of World History breathes life into the study of world geography. With a rich understanding of World History, maps come alive with the stories of the people who lived there, cultivated the land, and explored the seas.
  • The study of World History helps us to see how people viewed themselves and events during their lifetimes and how those same things are viewed today. It is a lesson in perspective and objectivity.
  • The study of World History helps us to see how very small we are, and is the backdrop on which we place all detailed studies of particular histories.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

that looks great!
where did you get it from?
rent it or did you buy it? is it expensive?

Beck said...

Fabulous reasons. I grew up in a very history-interested family, so it always startles me to run into people who know nothing beyond the boundaries of their own lives.

Suzanne Temple said...

Anon, I am a member of audible.com. I pay a flat monthly rate to download one audio-book free every month. So, it was a good deal. My membership rate plus the five CDs I burned it on.

Ann Horan said...

Funny thing is that I just saw a friend tonight who recommended this. I came home and looked at it on Amazon. Imagine my surprise when I checked your blog and it was staring at me again. I guess this means I have to get it!!

Suzanne Temple said...

Looks like you do have to get it, Ann. You won't regret it.

vicki said...

Wow! This looks like a wonderful resource. I think I'll order it tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

sweet! that helped me with my homework! lol thanks!

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Ana Braga-Henebry said...

Suzanne! Great reasons! I'd add that if all studied History we'd have fewer wars for sure! The foolishness of man comes so vividly in the study of the history of the world. We still love Gombrich, second only to Hyllier's A Child's History of the World. who is best of all-- but no award winning audio available yet. (Btw, I am able to completely remove comments in blogger by choosing "remove forever".)

Anonymous said...

t helped me with my history home work :)