There are at least two good reasons for studying History: one social and the other personal. The social argument arises from the great importance of the past for present political and social life. What happened during the fall of Rome, the English Reformation, or the Industrial Revolution continues to colour the way we see ourselves today. Israelis and Arabs, Bosnian Serbs and Muslims, Azeris and Armenians, Irish Protestants and Catholics claim the same soil and assert their respective rights on historical grounds.