What do you wish you were taught in History?

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browndruidess
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Simple really, are there any interesting/shocking/enlightening areas of history you wished could have been taught in school. Any figures that deserve a place in the vandalised textbooks of our classrooms? Or any facts that would have surprised your younger self?

I'll start; I wish I had been taught about the internment of Asian-Americans during WW2 and Octavian for a start.
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Islamic states from the 8th till the 15th century (obvious bias)

The fall of Grenada and Constantinople and the simultaneous discovery of the Americas in the 15th century as it is 'the turning point' of history
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(Original post by Masoudy)
Islamic states from the 8th till the 15th century (obvious bias)

The fall of Grenada and Constantinople and the simultaneous discovery of the Americas in the 15th century as it is 'the turning point' of history
I managed to learn about Islamic medicine and explorers such as Ibn Batuta when I was in school. Wish they's expanded upon that.

BTW you are absolutely right about Constantinople, bit of a headache but worth it!
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I'd have liked to have been taught about the British empire. All we ever did was insanely boring WW2 stuff, and I wasn't switched on to the capitalism vs communism thing when we did the Cold War so that stuff went mostly over my head.
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Charles 'the hammer' Martel and the battle of Tours.

Martel saved Western Europe from Islamic conquest in the 8th century.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Martel
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American history (slavery, witches)
ancient history we oly really did a bit im junior school (I think) but more depth would've been interesting
Possibly more to do with famous murders like jack the ripper although we had a massive project on him in yr 9 which was actually the best
And history that was interesting but wasn't really "mainstream" like we haven't really ever been taught asian history apart from Russia and they count as Europe so

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I would have liked to learn about Pakistan-India separation.
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Stuff about the Chinese dynasty.

Some American stuff- like the witch trials and the civil war.

How Australia developed.
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I would have liked to learn about Pakistan-India separation.
Same, a lot of people don't understand how monumental that was and how it affected/affects hundreds of millions of people to this day.
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less about the entire indian subcontinent that place is just one big mess and entirely inconsequential
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Imperial Japan . . . And Ancient Egypt . . .

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(Original post by browndruidess)
I'll start; I wish I had been taught about the internment of Asian-Americans during WW2 and Octavian for a start.
Could you justify these choices? Octavian/Augustus was certainly a major historical figure, but the internment of "Asian-Americans" (they didn't intern the Chinese, who were their allies!) seems like a much more obscure bit of history with few long term consequences, so I'm interested why those two specifically.
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English civil war

I only did up to GCSE History, but we did so much on AMERICAN civil rights but nothing on the ENGLISH civil war...

Ugh, and all that crap about Jack the Ripper!!!! What effect has he had on, well, anything!?
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(Original post by browndruidess)
Same, a lot of people don't understand how monumental that was and how it affected/affects hundreds of millions of people to this day.
Yeah, all I ever learnt was the world wars and Henry VIII. As a Pakistani, I would have loved to learn about the partition of India.
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Ancient Egypt would have been great

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French and American revolution.
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Life of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
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OTTOMAN EMPIRE :awesome:

Tired of learning about the Holocaust again and again and again. Literally.
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Would have loved the french revolution or the Spanish civil war but I think medieval Britain would have topped them both!?

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The truth
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