1. What is History?
2. Why is a certain distance between events and analysis required to be really talking about History?
3. What kind of History do we usually learn at school? Is it the history of the world or just the history of Spain?
4. Why do so many students hate studying History? Why do some students see History at school as a list of boring names and dates?
5. Do you think History should be a compulsory or an optional subject at school?
6. How much do you know about European / American / Asian / African / Australian History?
7. Do you think knowing about history plays a role in the politics of a modern state? Do you think that History textbooks should put national History in a favourable light?
8. What really important XXI Century historic events can you mention?
9. What is the most important event you can remember happening? Did this event change the history of the world / the history of Spain / the history of another country?
10. Name three events in the news these days that will make history?
11. What historic event would you most like to have witnessed? Why?
12. Which films or books do you know in which characters travel back in time?
13. Do you agree that people are fascinated with the past? Why might this be?
14. Do you agree with the following quotations:
o “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” G. Santayana.
o “A nation which does not know what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, or what it is trying to do.” W. Wilson.
o “The function of the historian is neither to love the past nor to emancipate himself from the past, but to master and understand it as the key to the understanding of the present.” E. H. Carr.
o “History is the lie commonly agreed upon.” Voltaire.