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History

From Wikipedia, a free encyclopedia written in simple English for easy reading.

History is the study of the past. People know what has happened in the past by looking at things from the past: books, newspapers, letters, coins, paintings or other things. Libraries, archives or museums collect and keep these things for studying history. A person who studies history is called a historian.

People can learn about the past by talking to people who remember things that happened a long time ago. This is called oral history. When people who had been slaves and American Civil War survivors got old, some historians recorded everything that they said, so that history would not be lost.

In old times people in different parts of the world kept different histories because they did not meet each other very often. Some groups of people never met each other. Medieval Europe, Ancient Rome and Ancient China all thought that they ruled the only important parts of the world and that other parts were "barbarian".

Current events, modern economic history, modern social history and modern intellectual history take very different views of the way history has affected the way that we think today.

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