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The common notion about history is that it is a boring subject that involves memorizing names and dates. Usually, it is a tedious and useless task. But R.G Collingwood once said, “Nothing capable of being memorized is history.” History is not only a subject.

It is a vicarious experience. It allows us to move beyond ourselves, travel to other worlds and celebrate mankind. Our present and future are all a consequence about past events, actions and even words. History is that past which has a direct influence on our future. History is a perfect blend of science and art. It is a combination of the rigorous examination of proof with persuasive storytelling.

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The 18th century, the period from 1649 to 1840, is one of the most significant eras in the history of the world. The Age of Reason and Change has had the most powerful impact in shaping the world and society as we know them today.

Studying 18th century history can be a daunting undertaking for university students. But what is most important is the fact that 18th century history is relevant even now. It transports students into the very midst of and enables them to be part of life-changing events.

The 18th century era has played a decisive role in moulding politics, law and order and civil rights. The Habeas Corpus Act 1679 against the unlawful detention of an individual was one such move. In a first, it gave equal rights to citizens in opposition to the Divine Right of the King and the Church of England. This era has seen the peak of the fight for liberty and justice. With the taking of the Bastille prison, the world was turned upside down. It paved the way for the abolition of the French monarchy and the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. This was the dawn of Enlightenment and Reason, and it had a tremendous effect on the rest of the world.

The era was a time of innovation and progress. Some of the most essential inventions that determine our way of life today are a product of this era. From the steam engine to the power loom, every invention has an indispensable impact on our daily lives.

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It is crucial to teach 18th century history in university because it inculcates a feeling of attachment to past events. It makes students more appreciative of the struggles that the world has been through. It creates a longing for the glorious past but also generates an excitement for the future.

Another major benefit of studying history is its versatility. History graduates can select from a variety of career options. You can become a White House aide or a health policy analyst. History is not just an antiquated liberal arts course. It is a vital subject that provides students with a unique skill set. It enhances their analytical abilities and improves their judgement.

It is critical to plan the best method of teaching history to students so that they can comprehend it. We are living in the digital age. Teaching must coincide with the facilities available to students today. Here’s how integrating technology with teaching history can bring it to life. There are other ways of making history more interesting in the classroom. Teachers should concentrate on reducing the dependence on textbooks. Encouraging students to think objectively through debate and games is a good idea.

To conclude this article, I want to say that it is impossible to predict what the future hold for us. Yet, the past can have a prevailing impact on our tomorrow if we learn from it. The only way this can happen is when we sift through the pages of history.

 

About The Author 

 

Mary Jones is the co-founder & editor-in-chief at TopMyGrades and focused on Content Marketing Strategy for many clients from Education industry in US, Canada & UK. Mary has been a guest tutor at ExpertAssignmentHelp and has conducted a series of webinars for AssignmentEssayHelp. She has intensive content editing experience and, also has worked with MSNBC, NewsCred & Scripted. She has also authored blogs on Lifehack.org, Wn.com, Medium.com, Minds.com and many more digital publications.