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Clarice Maia Reading response Chapter 1 Ever since I was growing up, I have always been interested in my family's history. I wanted to know who my ancestors were and where they came from, and what life was like for them. However, my questions didn't stop there. Like many other curious kids, the most important question was always: "Why?" To me the most interesting part of the stories I collected was trying to understand the reasons behind the gradual chain of events, which although completely random when taken apart, eventually led to my own life. Why did my father's ancestors decide to sail the Atlantic and arrive in Brazil? Why did my mother's family practically cross the entire world to come to Brazil? What would have been different if they had decided against the adventure of becoming an expatriate? I can't imagine these questions will ever be absolutely and factually
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Unformatted text preview: answered, though it can be fascinating to investigate why the past lined up to allow my generation to ask these questions. In my mind, the same ideas can be applied in a much larger scale, which just contributes to making it largely even more interesting. The most intriguing part of history is to connect the facts in order to understand what led something to unfold as it did. It seems to me that the relevance of studying the history of our civilizations is not only to register the order in which events happened through time, but to inquire about the motives behind our ancestor's decisions which led to creating the world we live in today. From there we can begin to solve other puzzles as well, such as linking collective manifestations to a certain era, discovering clues about preceding beliefs and knowledge, or even finding patterns of human behavior....
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This note was uploaded on 06/18/2008 for the course HIST 332 taught by Professor Townsend during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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