Studying history allows you to engage with and help create the narratives that determine who we are in our contemporary society.
In our semi-secular democratic society, history often lies at the heart of a lot of contemporary political and social discourse. Lacking a clear set of unified beliefs, we tend to argue based on our past. Debates range from the intentions of the authors of our constitution to the use or mis-use of the past to define contemporary nation-states. Even white supremacists use a distorted version of the European medieval past to argue for the naturalness of their ideologies. Historical narratives ultimately form the backbone of discussions about who we are and how we should shape our future as a society. Studying history allows us to better critique these narratives and ultimately play a direct role in guiding the discourses that shape our modern world.