"History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural 

time of day. It is also a compass that people use to find themselves 

on the map of human geography.  History tells a people where 

they've been, what they've been, where they are and what they are. 

Most importantly, history tells a people where they still must go, 

what they still must be.   The relationship of history to the people 

is the same as a mother to her child."

John Henrik Clark