The American Historical Association defines history as "the never-ending process whereby people seek to understand the past and its meaning." Do you think everyone seeks to understand the past and its meaning? Why is this so important to some people? Elaborate.
Do you agree with Michael Parenti when he says, "Imperialism has been the most powerful force in world history over the last four or five centuries, carving up whole continents while oppressing indigenous peoples and obliterating entire civilizations?" Support your argument, either for or against Parenti's statement, by giving examples of the interaction between Western industrial powers and traditional, non Western societies. Were these contacts essentially positive or negative?