I majored in History at university. My thesis was a feminist interpretation of Catherine of Aragon’s personal involvement in her divorce from Henry VIII. One day I went to see my advisor about it and he said I was the only person in my year writing a thesis on something that occurred before WWI.
I mentioned this in my next class and got the reply, from a HISTORY student, that obviously we can’t relate to things that happened before people alive today were born. This has always bothered me. If we can’t expect intelligent, well-educated individuals to understand people from even 500 years ago, what chance does society have?
History is so, so important.