History. I’m back in it. After a semester of living in a monastery and living in history, I am back to small-town Massachusetts studying it. In some ways, I will learn more from this semester than I did last semester. In others, I will learn less.
But what I learned (or re-learned) today: the disciplines of history really isn’t just one discipline. It is a combination of disciplines. Which is why a degree in history is so versatile and valuable. The skills you acquire in history can help you in almost any field of life. The discipline that I discovered history encroaching upon today is the world of psychology.
History and the events that took place to shape history as we know it really is the product of a lot of mind games going on between the people involved. Take the Cold War: US and Britain paranoid of Soviets, Soviets paranoid of US, they build, and boom (or, not boom, in this case) but you get a freeze of tensions between all three world powers. Or Nixon: paranoia of the press makes him invade his enemy’s office. Busted. Bummer.
Moral of the story: people and their minds and plans are not a known quantity. They can always change.
Thus, history is also psychology.