Studying history is important to provide people with a sense of the past. This allows people to understand how cultural, social and societal values developed differently.
Though the study of history and in learning about the past, people are better able to understand how the present came to be. For instance, in order to understand how the United States became a country, as well as the foundations on which it was built, one must learn the history of America's founding fathers, and the world that shaped their ideas and beliefs. The study of history also enables people to learn from past mistakes. For example, analyzing the mistakes made by armies in World War II can help the military improve strategies in future wars.