History teaches everything, including the future.
Alphonse de Lamartine, poet, writer and politician.
The study of history is about more than simply memorising dates and the deeds of famous figures. History is a chronicle of human behaviour - a real-life drama full of villains and heroes, the mighty and the meek. It examines the circumstances that moved its players to transform people and places (for better and for worse), and it holds the answers to how and why our lives are fashioned they way they are today - from our language, fashion and technology to our sports, political systems and religious practices.