The Importance of History

DepressionBillionaire Sir John Templeton started his investment career during the Great Depression. A time when the average man was panicking, selling stocks, or jumping off buildings, Templeton was buying shares from all of the NYSE listed companies. A lesson to be learned.

On a more negative note, if your country were to go through a civil war and your currency became worthless, what would you do? Would you have another form of currency or asset you could use to buy necessities? Would you have the skills to survive through years or decades? Understanding what happened in the southern states of the U.S. after the American Civil War or what is happening now in Venezuela could better prepare you.

These are just a few examples. Whether the future is prosperous and peaceful, or impoverished and violent, having a deep understanding of the past can help you better understand the world and prepare you for the unknowable. As Mark Twain famously stated, “History never repeats itself but it rhymes.” By understanding these rhymes (or patterns), you can make your future better. History Planet aims to make learning history interesting and easy, but more importantly, useful for your life. Whether you are a student or just interested in learning about the past, History Planet is for you.

Content on this website is concentrating on American history; however, we plan to expand create a library of resources on the history of different countries as well. If you are an expert on the history of your country and would like to write some blogs or create videos, please contact us at History Planet.