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How to Not Hate History

If you hate English, you may hate History. The two fields inextricably go together in school and academics. Both are liberal arts, both deal with extensive reading, research, and writing, and both have no defined right or wrong answer. If you love math and science, you mate hate history. This guide is designed to show you the importance behind history and give you some tips on how not to hate the subject.

History has so many levels and so many divisions. You may love European history, but hate American history. You may love discussing wars, but hate learning about political races. While all forms of history merge together, you will find the parts that you like and dislike as you learn more.

  • Watch historical movies: Many movies are based on a historical event. Most war movies revolve around battles or changes in politics. You may not realize that you like history as you are watching these movies, but the academic field may grow on you. You may want to learn more about a specific hero galvanized by Hollywood.
  • Read historical fiction: If you think you dislike history, but still enjoy reading, pick up a few historical novels. Like movies, they will entertain you and make you interested in learning a bit more history behind a specific movement or era.
  • Find your niche: Everyone has tastes and preferences. Select your current hobby and research it back throughout history. You may learn many interesting facts about it, that may spur a larger desire to learn history...or at least not to hate it. For example, if you love fashion, trace the style of dress back to the beginning of time. Or if you like wars, research battle techniques in your favorite country through centuries.
  • Travel: If you have the money and time, travel to different countries. You will learn much about the history of each country, architecture, and culture in your travels. History is a part of sight-seeing, shopping, walking the streets of different towns. You may not even realize that by going to a museum or seeing a film, you are learning about history. Once you take yourself out of the classroom, you may realize that history is not simply a boring academic subject. Rather, it is living and transforming. Even you can become a part of it if you try hard enough.

History is omnipresent and can play vital roles in life and progression. Here are three reasons it may be important to overcome your hatred of this subject:

  • History repeats itself. As trite as this phrase is, it is true. History is based on human nature, and knowing history allows us to better understand our own nature and help us progress on individual and cultural levels.
  • To appear knowledgeable. There are basic historical facts that people should know in order to become a well-informed intelligent person. If you know absolutely no historical facts, some people may view you as ignorant or uneducated. If you want to excel in the professional world, you will want to know basic historical details, especially about your own country.
  • It helps with your analytical skills. Like English, History revolves around studying a period, researching it, and writing about it. There are definite events that occurred in history. However, it is up to you to decide how they are interpreted. Consequently, there can be few right and wrong answers. You will excel so long as you support your claims. This skill is important to keep in developing whatever career you choose for yourself.