The Study of History

48.The study of history places too much emphasis on individuals. The most significant events and trends in history were made possible not by the famous few, but by groups of people whose identities have long been forgotten

History literally means the study of past. It gives us details of the past, earlier civilizations, their trends, belief, activities as well as their achievements and failures which help us in understanding their culture, thereby relating it to the present. Along with this, history places importance on lives and accomplishments of eminent personalities, who made a difference in one way or the other.The issue whether people at large or indicviduals in particular deseve more emphasis in history is not debatable, as history is a blend of both.

First of all, we have to admit that the history is consist of the big shot and the groups of people and their behaviors etc.But their relationship is like that between the switch and the power supply of a machine. If either the switch is turned off or the power is removed, the machine cannot run.It is hard to say one—the switch or the power—contributed more than the other. Actually none of the important events in history is merely caused by an individual.For instance int the history of India’s struggle for dependence from the British even the likes of Gandhi and Nehru could not have done much without the support of common men.It was the desire and participation of the whole nation that brought the revolution and gave India her freedom. Another example is the Civil War. Admittedly, Abraham Lincoln contributes a lot to the victory of the emanication, but the main fighting force are the masses of workers, peasants and the Negroes. All these examples tell us the fact that history is not decided by any single individual,but it is made by every individual.

If so, why it is natural that when we are indulged in the treasuer of history, those preponderate names appeal closer than those historial events,trends...