Does History Repeat Itself? Essay

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Now and days every person must take at least two years of history in order to pass high school. Many people, including myself, ask the question,“Why must we take history?” Well the answer many of us get is, “ So that history does not repeat itself.” The real question of the matter is, Does history repeat itself? History has repeated itself over and over again. An example of this would be the genocide that occurred in the Ottoman empire in 1915, nearly 88 years later another genocide has occurred in Darfur in 2003. These two events are both similar and different in ways, but none-the-less are proof that history does in deed repeat itself.


For 3,000 years the Armenians lived in peace on their homeland. They became the first nation in the world to make Christianity its state religion. During the 11th century the Ottoman Turks were striving and invading many regions. Armenia was one of those regions invaded by the Ottomans. The main religion of the Ottomans was Islam, the leaders were muslim and therefore the people must be muslim as well. The Ottomans did, however, let the Armenians keep their religion. But with keeping their religion came consequences. The Christians had to pay a higher tax than the muslims. The Christians were not given equal rights, and had very little political rights. Although being given harder obstacles than muslims, the Armenians strived. They were wealthier and more successful than the muslims. As a result, the Ottomans began to resent the…