Studying the past to better understand the present
The history lessons we attend at school are packed with momentous events and their most significant historical figures, but, according to the authors, the only way to understand the changes that take place from one era to another is to go behind the scenes, to examine the lives of ordinary people. Only through the discovery of everyday life and the small episodes upon which historical events are based, can we truly understand the reasons for certain developments.
Observing past societies helps us understand the importance of the introduction of technology, energy, and the advancement of knowledge. These components have radically changed the world, and still play a vital role in the development of today’s economy and contemporary society.