“Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.” – Winston Churchill
History is precious. It is our legacy, and it contains lessons that can help us plot a brighter future. According to the materialist conception of history, the ultimately determining element in history is the production and reproduction of real life. History analyzes the past, assessing the complex web of content and helps explain why particular events and phenomena occur, but it often communicates its findings in the form of narratives-stories-that make the past come alive as few things can. In this, history straddles the boundary between the sciences and the humanities.