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The events of the past, filtered through the minds of the present.
That one drunken night is history.
by Jose Arbena February 28, 2005
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1. A pretty decent class where you can learn about anything ranging from the Egyptians to the Rennaissance to World War II, and much more.

2. A channel on TV that basically shows about 10% real history and the rest utter bullshit.

3. Something that overprotective parents check to see if you are looking at porn or something innocent like neopets or Wikipedia.
1. I have history class 4th block... can't wait.
2. How does Ice Road Truckers have to do with History??

3. Dude, look at my history, it is full of xxx porn. Gotta delete it before my mom finds out.
by Lil Duff 2008 August 15, 2008
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1)A helpful course, usually taught in school, where students learn that Hitler was bad and jackshit else.

2) What you must frequently erase to hide your porn tracks.
Dude! I can't believe you asked if Stalin was still alive in history class! He's been dead hundreds of years!

Screw having to clean my history, I'm using kazaa for my downloading needs.
by RebelWithoutaClause December 21, 2004
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What repeats itself over and over and over again.
by cynic February 19, 2003
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1. An argument for the cause of the present.
2. The study of man’s previous disasters, taught to ensure that future generations will never make the embarrassing mistake of repeating them, but will instead set about making new and even more complicated blunders.
3. The study of catastrophic events and the assholes that caused them. While preparing for an historical exam, one should note that any individual mentioned in the assigned textbook who was responsible for the death of at least a quarter of a million people, is probably worth mentioning on the test.
History is in itself an example.
by nethcev! August 20, 2006
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The tale of how many different nations, from all across the world, gained their independence from Great Britain.
This country used to be part of Britain, but it's independent now.
by birdboy2000 September 28, 2004
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The study of the past. 'History' is often used to mean 'historical knowledge' when in reality 'history' is the process of researching the past using the available evidence, cross referencing and establishing 'historical knowledge'.

Historians argue about whose interpretation is most valid. These debates often last decades and are only resolved when either one side's research is shown to be of poor quality, or when new evidence comes to light proving one interpretation more valid.

Postmodernists argue that history is rubbish because they reckon that it impossible to understand al the motivations of the creator of the surce material which 'history' uses to forge historical knowledge. They're wrong.
History: Hey, guys, i went though the archives and cross reference the kings accounts with his requests for money from Parliament.

Hitorical Knowledge: Hitler intended for WW2 to start, but not in 1939. His foriegn policy was ideologically driven.
by flankergeek June 22, 2006
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