There’s nothing quite like studying history to change your life.  No, I don’t mean this in the “those who do not know history are condemned to repeat it” divination of your future.  Just as surely as language is equal parts communication and personal identification, a good analysis of history is a combination of knowledge and deep perspective that tells you something about yourself.  It’s not about predicting the future, it’s about how you fit into the world right now.

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