Appreciating History

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.

— Bill Keane

The first thing you need to do is get your centuries in order. This means developing a basic understanding of the macro events that occurred from the dawn of civilization ~6000 years ago to today. A good way to do this is to take a course that covers the history of civilization in a broad scope. Here is an example:


After you develop a general understanding of macro historical events, you’ll find that whatever niche area of history draws your attention will be easier to understand because it’ll be framed within the context of civilization as a whole. This perspective was absolutely invaluable to my learning.

I empathize with your position as it was where I was a few years ago. It’s difficult to understand the significance of a particular time period in history when you look at it in isolation. One needs to be able to frame it within a broader scope to understand how it interacts with other events both before and after it. So, first off, ‘get your centuries right’. If someone mentions the 3rd century BCE, that should ring some bells. If someone asks what was going on in the 12th century CE, you should have an idea. After you develop this, continue forward by filling in some of the smaller gaps with whatever pieces of history you’re drawn to. Hope this helps!

— u/LR07

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