We study history not because it is so familiar to us. We study history not even because we want to trace our roots. We study history because it is so different from us. Because we can read about those people that shared the same physical space with us but seperated by time. We about them and find that their attitudes, thoughts, ideas, and prejudices our so radically different from ours.
We study and we can reflect about our own culture. To question our fundamentals and realize that maybe our fundamentals, the bedrock of our culture, are not so fundamental after all.