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TOK comment ‘The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history’ G. W. F. Hegel, 1770-1831. History of the world is the memory of the past experiences that certain people have had. These experiences have been preserved so that people in the future could study and read about them and what they had done. Historians recover the knowledge of the events that happened in the past. In these places writing was not existent and also drawings. Such history could have been produced in many ways. This quotes by G. W. F. Hegel ‘ The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history’.

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The reason for this quote is that us as human if we do not know what has happened in the past how would we know how to continue it. For example, the American Revolution. The British considered the Thirteenth Colonies nothing more than another territory of theirs but this territory was already covered by America. King George of Britain wanted the bigger half of the countries wealth. The American people had had enough and when 8 of their volunteers who were ready to go to war if a soldier had been killed were killed, so America declared war.

One year later, at a congress signing Benjamin Franklin said that ‘now, gentlemen, if we don’t hang together, we’ll hang separately. ’’ With the aid of George Washington they won the war. If the American Revolution never happened then there would be no America which in turn would mean that the whole entire world would have suffered in politics, economics and also social speaking. The taxes that were in America at the time, brought a great sensation of unkindness to the British. If the revolution had not happened then the American people would have more conflict between them and Britain.

The main reason/ significance for this American Revolution is that it led to other revolutions such as the Haitian Revolution and also the French Revolution. In conclusion, this quote by a great man is reliable because as the American Revolution happened it brought no new perspective to how we should live our lives. This truly means that we have learned nothing history. There might be some people in the world who have learned not to do the bad things that happened but certain people just continue it.

Like the First World War, it was a bad thing as it also led to a Second World War. The American Revolution might have been a good thing in some sense because the people fought for their freedom but in the other sense they also dead for it which is bad. I my personal opinion, I think that the American Revolution was both good and bad; good because they fought for their freedom but bad because people had to die for it and this gave ‘inspiration’ to other nations to start a revolution. Thus we have learned nothing from history.

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