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Is history relevant?

Posted: August 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

The clip below is from the Daily Telegraph, (25/08/2010).

A small clip from an economist referring to the Weimar Republic.

There are on-going debates and discussions regarding what governments should do to improve the economic conditions of their respective countries. One possible solution is to put more money into the money supply, (i.e. printing more). Ask an economics student why? However, producing too much can have a negative effect as well. GCSE students at NCBIS study the Weimar Republic and will be able to explain what they were. This knowledge is important when answering exam questions but it is also important to relate events in history to the present day. You can generally find the solution to today’s problems in the past!

Example;

Afghanistan – the Soviet Union invaded the country in 1979 and despite their huge military power, lost. One of their strategies was to order more soldiers into the country. This only resulted in more casualties. In 2010, the US led military force introduced a further 50,000 troops to gain the initiative. This may work eventually but have the governments looked at the 1979-89 invasion? Furthermore, have they analysed why the British army lost twice in the 19th century?

India and Pakistan – The latter point is important as empires have a lot to answer for. From the 18th to the 20th centuries, European nations built their empires. They exert a degree of control over the country, or colony as it becomes known. However, their decisions lacked a key component. They were not from the colony and do not understand the culture. They generally failed to learn the history of the different races, tribes or the lands they were then governing. Therefore, when a decision was taken to make new borders for a country, errors were made. This happened in both West Africa and India, although there were others.