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History is the study of the human past. Scholars who write about history are called historians. It is a field of research which uses a narrative to examine and analyse the sequence of events, and it sometimes attempts to investigate objectively the patterns of cause and effect that determine events. Historians debate the nature of history and its usefulness. This includes discussing the study of the discipline as an end in itself and as a way of providing "perspective" on the problems of the present. The stories common to a particular culture, but not supported by external sources are usually classified as cultural heritage rather than the "disinterested investigation" needed by the discipline of history. Events of the past prior to written record are considered prehistory.

The word history comes from the root *weid- "know" or "see" — from which also come Greek ἰδέᾱ "appearance" or "kind", Latin ēvidēns and vīsiō, Italian vista, English wit, I wot, wise, and wisdom, Sanskrit veda, and Slavic videti.

Ancient Greek ἱστορία means "inquiry" or "knowledge from inquiry", from ἵστωρ "judge" . It was in that sense that Aristotle used the word in his Περὶ Τὰ Ζῷα Ἱστορίαι . The ancestor word ἵστωρ is attested early on in Homeric Hymns, Heraclitus, the Athenian ephebes' oath, and in Boiotic inscriptions .

Wikipedia, History, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History (as of Apr 1, 2010)

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