Graduate profiles

Our courses are designed to give you the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for. The flexible, modular nature of our courses enables you to focus your studies on the career path that interests you. The stories of our graduates will give you an idea of just some of the options open to you.

  • Dr John Ashdown-Hill, Historian

  • Sam Peoples, Blogger

    Sam Peoples
    Could you tell me a bit about what you have done since leaving Essex and what you do now?

    Since leaving university after finishing my BA History degree, I have gone on a rather unusual path. My History dissertation was written on the Munich Air Disaster of 1958, where 23 people including 8 Manchester United players were killed, and it inspired me to start writing a Manchester United blog called The Peoples Person.

    I realised that writing was my passion and completed a further diploma in Journalism where I learned the basics of media law, court reporting, public affairs and 100WPM shorthand. Combined with my History degree, it gave me the tools to succeed. The blog started off as a place where I could write once a week but after a lot of time and hard work, I am now running the blog as my full-time job from my own office in London and have interns, provided by the University of Essex, working alongside me.

    How have you used your degree and other experience gained at university?

    History is a very solid degree to do because of the foundation skills you learn on the course such as understanding and appreciating how important context is in every situation, the necessity of strong research and the usual skills like communication and time management.University itself is where you grow up as a person. Learning how to fend for yourself is a critical part of growing up and there is no better place than university to learn it. As long as you can balance your degree studies with everything else that university has to offer, you will get the most out of it.

    What do find most interesting or rewarding about what you do now?

    If you asked me what my dream job would be, I would tell you it would be being my own boss writing about Manchester United. That’s exactly what I am doing and I know I am in a situation that a lot of people can only dream of. However, I don’t consider myself lucky. The reason that I find myself in this position is because of dedication and a lot of hard work. I ran the website around a full-time diploma and full-time job for over 18 months which involved long hours seven days a week but because of that, the website grew to the point where I took the plunge and never looked back. It wasn’t done without risk because at the point of going full-time on the website, it wasn’t earning enough to pay my rent but it was the best decision I ever made. The cliché is completely right – those who don’t take risks won’t be rewarded. It’s a mantra I will vouch for.

    What tips would you give to current students on getting the most out of university?

    Find a healthy balance and partake in as much of university life as possible. Passing your degree is the prerogative and why you have paid so much to go to university but balance it with everything else. Join some social clubs, join the gym, take up a sport, find activities outside of education that the university provides and take advantage of them. Without them, you don’t get the whole university experience. All work and no play is bad. All play and no work is worse. Having that balance will allow you to enjoy university to the maximum.

    What tips would you give to recent graduates who are looking for work?

    Make yourself stand-out. Right now, it is an employer’s market which makes it difficult for students to find jobs but there are jobs out there. The internet opens up the world to you at your fingertips, you just need to work hard to find the opportunities. Chase up emails, send emails again, and pester people until you get a response. If you don’t, another candidate will.

    Think outside the box. I heard a great example of how to really use the power of the internet to find a job recently. A candidate desperately wanted to get a job at Google but he never had any responses to emails. So, what he did was genius. He found out the names of 20 high placed directors within Google and set-up Google Adwords campaign (paid advertising) so that when those 20 directors typed their name into Google, his name and telephone number would appear as the first result with “Hire me” written next to it. What happened? He is now working at Google. Use the internet. It is your biggest and most powerful tool to finding the career you want. That’s the best advice I can give you because it is the internet which has provided me with my career.

  • Joey Ewen, teaching English and history in Hong Kong

    Joey Ewen Could you tell me a bit about what you have done since leaving Essex and what you do now?

    Immediately after graduating I completed a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) course, certified by Cambridge University. This qualified me to teach English as a foreign language in a country of my choosing, and I soon secured a full-time teaching post at a private tuition centre in Hong Kong. My job title is English and History Instructor.

    How have you used your degree and other experience gained at university?

    Studying abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for my third year was the highlight of my university experience. The year abroad was formative for both my character and career, as it was during my time at the Chinese University that I befriended the expats who would later help me to secure a teaching job. The History and Study Abroad departments at Essex made arranging my year abroad as simple as filling out a few forms. I recommend studying abroad for a full year not only to facilitate your personal development and professional prowess, but also for academic reasons. The extra year in a foreign academic environment contributed greatly to my scholarly aptitude, and gave me a certain edge when completing my final year at Essex. When you study abroad for a full year, the History department will transfer you onto a 4-year 'with International Study' degree programme, which will help to individualise your CV.

    I should stress that a year studying abroad does not have to be expensive. If you have a British passport and keep your tickets then Student Finance will refund the majority of your airfares (including two return fares during the year), and your tuition fees for the year will likely be half of what you would usually pay at home. Also worthy of note is that living costs in many parts of the world are relatively inexpensive. My student accommodation in Hong Kong (a shared bedroom in a tower, at the top of a mountain, overlooking the sea) cost only £400 per term, and meals rarely amounted to more than £3. If studying abroad for a full year and transferring to a 4-year degree is impractical, Essex also offer three month study abroad programmes that do not affect the length of your course.

    As well as the opportunity to study abroad, the Essex History department has plenty to offer at its Colchester campus. Their research-oriented faculty includes experts in various lines of historical enquiry, which allows each undergraduate to create a timetable that suits her or his personal interests.

    What tips would you give to current students on getting the most out of university?

    Don't make excuses for yourself. When you study a History degree, you're allotted ample free time to utilise as you see fit. This means it is possible to spend time with friends, engage with various societies, live a healthy lifestyle and get a top degree, all of which I feel are part of getting the most out of university. You will often hear graduates claim that it is only the workaholics and recluses who graduate with first-class degrees, and that average grades are a price worth paying for the social opportunities on campus, but this trade-off is fictitious and amounts to little more than a convenient justification for mediocrity and laziness.

    What tips would you give to recent graduates who are looking for work?

    Tailor your job applications, be bold (but not insolent), discover the power of vague diction, exploit your contacts (and your friends' contacts), and proofread everything. If you're having no luck at home, look abroad.

    For those who are interested in teaching English abroad, I recommend completing a Cambridge CELTA or Trinity College TESOL course. If you opt for a CELTA, you should make sure that your teaching centre has been authorised by the University of Cambridge. A Cambridge CELTA costs £1,000-1,500 (depending on the centre); the only reputable alternative to CELTA, the Trinity TESOL, is similar in content and in price. There are cheaper alternatives out there, including lots of online and weekend TEFL courses, but these lack credibility and are usually only accepted in developing countries (where all that's really required is the right passport). That said, there are ways to get teaching work in developed countries without a Cambridge or Trinity certificate, such as by going through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET). Competition to get onto the JET programme is fierce, so it is worth considering similar programmes elsewhere in Asia (such as the SMOE programme in Seoul, South Korea).

  • Stu Hill, Editor

    Could you tell me a bit about what you have done since leaving Essex and what you do now?

    I have been working as a Content Editor for Thomson Reuters, the world's largest news and regulatory intelligence company, since late July 2013. I started working for Thomson Reuters about two months before the end of my MA. My role entails maintenance of and addition through the use of HTML to the financial rulebooks and guidelines that the Finance and Risk section of Thomson Reuters provide to their clients, who are mainly compliance officers in banks and other financial institutions.

    How have you used your degree and other experience gained at university?

    The job opening for the Content Editor position was directed at law, history and English graduates specifically, owing to the editing nature of the job, and so of course my undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology from another university, and my soon to be completed MA History from Essex helped this. Furthermore, following graduation from undergrad in 2008 I had a graduate job as a tax accountant for a couple of years, and since then I have also worked in a database support role for an independent financial advisers firm, on a historical census project at Essex, and in bibliographical research for the Centre for Bibliographical History (also at Essex). All of this experience helped me secure an offer in what I have been told by the company was a highly competitive application process.

    What do find you most interesting, enjoyable and rewarding about what you do now?

    I find the creation of documents and texts, being vehicles of knowledge for posterity, to be the most rewarding aspect of my job. Making a contribution to society's pooled knowledge is part of what being a historian is all about, so the opportunity to do this on such a regular basis (ie every day!) is one that I enjoy. More specifically, given the industry I work in, maintaining and updating rulebooks and guidelines has a morally satisfying edge to it also – producing documents to assist firms in complying with laws and regulations, particularly during such rocky economic times as these, greatly boosts my job satisfaction.

    What tips would you give to current students on getting the most out of university?

    I would advise current history students to take advantage of the fantastic opportunity before them to critically pursue their intellectual interests, particularly in a department with such strong research credentials as History at Essex. Not only is thorough and enlightening research on personal historical interests fulfilling, but also could lead to fresh insights in the area or indeed, as I happily discovered during the course of my MA dissertation, new ground entirely.

    Regarding the university experience as a whole, definitely work hard and play hard. It's a unique experience, one that is by and large ridiculously good fun and one that you must not leave with regrets. Plus, if one learns to work hard and play hard, they will be perfectly set up for making the most out of their working life.

    What tips would you give to recent graduates who are looking for work?

    I would advise recent history graduates who are looking for work to think outside of the box. There is a common misconception that history graduates are limited to careers in teaching or museums, or further study. This is entirely incorrect. I have worked for an accountancy firm, an IFA, for a historical census project and now for the world's leading financial intelligence company. Countless fields of employment rely in some part on skillsets that are honed by a history degree and thus possessed by history graduates. Law is a closely related discipline, as is journalism. The worlds of business and finance need people to critically deal with and analyse large volumes of information, and, importantly for those history graduates (such as myself) who have zero interest or knowledge in financial trading etc, never have to participate in exchanges of goods, stocks, money and so on. Conversely, if a history graduate did want to move into finance or accountancy, and is worried about a lack of experience in such fields (I can personally vouch for the tax accountancy side), then there is not necessarily a need to worry. Employers like to see a demonstrable skillset, and, if the experience is not there (as was the case when I became a tax accountant), the evidence that the job applicant is a blank slate who will learn the job quickly as a result of their skillsets.

    To think outside of the box, one needs to search thoroughly. I did not stumble across my job's advertisement after ten minutes of searching Milkround. (It was actually after exhausting five or so main sites daily for two or three months.) Perseverance and patience are essential. It should not be forgotten that thousands of graduates will be in the same position, hunting (predominantly) online for a job that stands out. But not everyone will have thoroughly searched, nor will they pay attention to the non-standout adverts – often, recruitment agents do not reveal the name of the company in question in their initial advert, as was the case when I applied for Thomson Reuters. Attention to detail and identifying roles, not necessarily obvious roles, to which you believe you would be suited, are key.

    What advice would you give someone wanting to follow a similar career path?

    If a history student wanted to follow a similar career path to mine, I would recommend building up experience in research and data handling and management. Having a proven track record for research and filtering large quantities of data quickly is crucial. My current job is ideal for me, I believe, though I did not fall into it immediately following graduation. My alumnus example is a little different to normal instances perhaps, given the three-year gap between finishing my BA and starting my MA, and also I studied for my MA part-time so that I could work as well. But there is plenty of opportunity during an undergraduate degree to build up experience in the areas that are essential for content, research and data management jobs. Even if a history graduate does not secure the ideal graduate job soon after graduation, this is not a disaster by any means. Rather, every step along the way should be considered an opportunity, as has been the case during my work life thus far.

  • Lauren Mason, Human Resources

    Lauren Mason Could you tell me a bit about what you have done since leaving Essex and what you do now?

    After my final exams I went straight back to a summer placement at a London law firm that I had maintained since starting my A-Levels. I then started to apply for Human Resource Assistant jobs in the city.

    I now work at ASOS.com in their Human Resources department. This is mainly an administrative role, managing the starter/leaver process, producing and sending out contracts and dealing with the monthly payroll. But I've also been given the chance to work on some exciting projects that will roll out across the company early next year!

    How have you used your degree and other experience gained at university?

    In terms of skills from my degree, time planning is the most important that I've developed, and a skill that is seriously underrated. In any fast paced environment you really have to adapt to juggling ten things at once, and it's something that I'm still learning how to do effectively! Aside from that, written/oral communication and project management (from my third year independent research project) are also skills that I have learnt to refine throughout university and has really benefited me in my day to day role.

    During my time at Essex I worked as a Student Ambassador, this really helped with my public speaking, time planning and dealing with unexpected situations. As I want to go down a HR Generalist career path, ambassador work gave me an exposure to the recruitment element of the profession, as well as the core skills needed for recruitment more specifically.

    What do find most interesting, enjoyable and rewarding about what you do now?

    I have really good relationships with the people I work with, with my colleagues and also my clients. I also really enjoy working on projects and seeing things through to conclusion. Over a year, I will see unprompted conversations that I initiated myself develop into new interactive educational outreach activities. That is really satisfying and it feeds wider interests I have in digital technology.

    What tips would you give for getting the most out of university?

    The company itself is what makes my job so interesting, I am incredibly lucky to be working in a company I personally use, and one that is growing so quickly. It makes everything that little bit more fast paced which is something I love. Not forgetting that I get to attend career fairs at universities across the country so I can re-live student life a bit!

    What tips would you give to current students on getting the most out of university?

    Start early! Please do not do what I did and get to the beginning of third year wishing I'd started with the extra-curricular stuff earlier. In today's climate where the majority of graduates will walk away from university with a 2:1 or more, employers are looking for other ways to distinguish between their candidates. This is where the extra activities come in. So don't put pressure on yourself and leave it until the last minute!

    Join societies and try and gain an official position. Student mentoring, the Big E award, Student Ambassador work, becoming a department representative, volunteering - they will all be picked up on by a potential employer. Asides from how fun and rewarding it is to actually do those kind of things, the bonus is that it will look great on your CV. Employers will want to be convinced that you did more than just eat, drink, sleep and study!

    What tips would you give to recent graduates who are looking for work?

    Graduate schemes are definitely not the only answer. After the scheme you are never guaranteed a permanent placement either. Not all great employers actually run them, but will instead advertise roles targeted at graduates. Try and gain experience somewhere if you know that that is what your CV is lacking, either through an internship, work experience or a part-time job. Try and make the experience relatable to the new job by talking about your skills.

    Know your skills! That Saturday job you had when you were doing your A-Levels probably has given you more skills than you realise. Customer service role = communication and problem solving. For each experience you put in your CV, don't just list the tasks that you completed – show off the skills you used to do it. The Employability and Careers Centre CV and Cover Letter booklet is a goldmine of knowledge, I recommend people use it, and then when you think you're done, take it in there and ask for a professional opinion.

    Are there any websites, publications or organisations students might find helpful?

    Website: Google! Company websites that you're interested in. Reed.co.uk – then all the agencies listed within Reed, look on their websites, and get in contact with them, offer to go and meet them too. Our careers website (as well as Kent University's one too!)

    Publication: Anything from our careers centre, but most things you can find on the internet.

    Organisation: Milkround. Agencies related to the industry you’re going into. The History Department - alumni have all been there and done it, you may find someone has gone down a similar career path that you’re wanting to go in to!

  • Andy Grazebrook, Business Development Manager

    Andy Grazebrook What have you done since leaving Essex and what do you do now?

    After leaving university, I travelled around the UK and Western Europe for a while, working in different types of short term jobs, to earn enough to live and move to the next place. After about three years, I began working in the charity sector and worked my way up through the ranks from telephone fundraising to business development. I spent a lot of time working in organisations in the background of the charity sector and finally managed a year ago to join a cause related charity, which works in science, technology, engineering and maths educational outreach.

    How have you used your degree and other experience gained at university?

    Research and analysis skills are pretty fundamental to a history degree, as well as independent thinking, working out your own opinion, and not always going for the most obvious answer. These skills provide a really useful background to the working world, as does the massive personal development you go through from going to university generally. My job requires an acute ability to get on with people, understand different points of view, negotiate and reach mutually beneficial outcomes. I would say that I honed most of these skills as a student in the SU bar and at parties in the towers and around the campus.

    What do find most rewarding about what you do now?

    I have really good relationships with the people I work with, with my colleagues and also my clients. I also really enjoy working on projects and seeing things through to conclusion. Over a year, I will see unprompted conversations that I initiated myself develop into new interactive educational outreach activities. That is really satisfying and it feeds wider interests I have in digital technology.

    What tips would you give for getting the most out of university?

    Enjoy yourself. Immerse yourself in the experience. These few years are certainly about books and learning, you may not ever get this much dedicated reading time again! But it's also really important to make the most of the social aspects. People make many of their life-long friends at university and the freedom is pretty special, make the most of it!

    What tips would you give to recent graduates who are looking for work?

    Don't panic, make the best of your situation and whatever you have in your favour. Volunteering and internships are good ways to build up experience at a time when you may be able to afford to live without earning. Obviously employment is pretty dire at the moment, but there are pockets of industry that are less badly affected. Become familiar with the newest approaches to working, and all the different options. For example, a lot of the tech industry these days is populated by very small start-up businesses who develop the most advanced technologies, and there are lots of different models for companies such as social enterprise. Also, you can have a decent career in the charity (third) sector. You have time now to test things out and work out what you want to do, the longer you go down a particular path, the more difficult that can become.

    Are there any websites, publications or organisations students might find helpful?

    I really would search on the internet, go on Google and research things you're interested in. Join LinkedIn and develop your profile as well as you can. I use Twitter a lot to keep a track of people and organisations, especially as all the information is broadcast in very small digestible messages. Get to know the sector you are interested in and research into some of the more niche areas. If you are lacking work experience, a good understanding of the landscape can help a lot. It's probably worth picking up the phone and approaching places before they're advertising roles, again you could do voluntary work in the short term to build up your experience and build up your networks.

  • Geoffrey Towsey, Careers Officer

    Geoffrey Towsey What have you done since leaving Essex and what do you do now?

    After I completed my undergraduate degree I decided to stay on at Essex for my masters. Whilst I was still doing my masters I got a job working in West Hatch High School as a Careers Officer. I started in September 2013.

    My current job involves a range of different elements, but is mainly based around offering careers advice and guidance to students from year 7 to 13. It is all about telling students what options are open to them and the different routes they can take. As well as this, it also involves planning careers fairs and events, as well as developing lesson plans and resources for career sessions. Whilst it involves a great deal of time spent working with young people, equally there is a lot of paperwork too.

    How have you used your degree and other experience gained at university?

    Regardless of the job you do a history degree will give you a fantastic set of skills – (all the clichés) communication, team work, time management, analytical skills. I would encourage students to really think about what skills they are using throughout their time at university. Practically all interviewers and application forms will ask you to prove you possess these key skills.

    During my time at Essex I worked as a Student Ambassador with the Outreach Team and this was really useful for my job. Outreach is all about working with young people and raising their aspirations, so it was ideal for my current position.

    What do find most rewarding about what you do now?

    Working with young people and helping them make decisions about their future and possible options. It was an opportunity I was never given when I was younger. No two days are the same either and I am not constantly sat in front of a computer.

    What tips would you give for getting the most out of university?

    Do everything! There is no excuse to not get involved with things at university. You can always find something: CV Workshops, Employability and Careers Centre events, the Big E, volunteering and the vTeam, joining societies, getting involved as a student representative, doing some part-time work or a Frontrunners placement, or getting involved with the Students Union.

    What tips would you give to recent graduates who are looking for work?

    Do not just look at graduate schemes; you do not have to do a graduate scheme just because you are a recent graduate. Many employers will offer you a standard job and give you the training (and higher pay) anyway.

    Know the industry and the job you are applying for and prove it with skills and experiences – a week spent in a marketing department does not make you a 'branding guru'. Also have a think about whether there are any obscure jobs within an industry, which people might not think of at first (people might think about finance and risk management, but would they think actuary?)

    Look in local papers, Google or companies websites for jobs, or ask someone you know. Talk about your skills and what you have done. The clichéd terms (teamwork, communication etc.) are what the employers look for, so make sure they are in your covering letter.

    Are there any websites, publications or organisations students might find helpful?
    • Website: Google – it knows everything! Just Google a job you are interested in and see what comes up.
    • Publication: the 'Hire Me!' careers booklet which the History Society produce. Read it! Trust me, it's excellent!
    • Organisation: Department of History and especially their alumni links, plus the University's Employability and Careers Centre.

  • Amy Jarrold, Editorial Assistant

    Amy Jarrold “I loved my time at Essex and I felt really at home in the Department of History. I was encouraged, supported and cared for and, most of all, inspired by my lecturers. I worked as a campus tour guide for the Department which was great fun, as well as giving me the chance to promote it to the prospective students. I am so proud of what I achieved at university not only academically, but personally as well..

    “Upon graduating I started work as an editorial assistant, and what I had learnt from my degree could not have been more relevant. I put all the reasoning and analytical skills, that are so important to a history degree, to good use. At SAGE we publish hundreds of books and journals. I am very excited to be working for a company that publishes the very same journals I read as a student.”

  • Jane Haslam, Trainee Librarian

    “My degree was the fulfilment of a lifetime's ambition and so, when I reached it, I had no firmly projected goal to carry me forward. However, what my degree gave me was the confidence to follow wherever my aspirations took me. My third-year courses covered the history of books, newspapers and printing and the momentous contribution they made to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century knowledge and social culture. This struck a chord, and I began to look into librarianship as a career. I am now working for a year in the University of Essex library which is the requirement to study further for a Masters in Librarianship.

    “Having studied a number of subjects, I am in a unique position; I can use my knowledge gathered over a broad base of the liberal arts and so am able to deal with a wider range of disciplines. I intend to focus my career on special collections and rare books, something which would have been beyond my capabilities and aspirations before I embarked on my expedition for knowledge.”

  • Clare McHugh, Trainee Teacher

    “I graduated from Essex with a BA in History in 1997, and then again in 2000 with an MA in Gender History, a glutton for punishment! When I first graduated I wondered how my degree would help me as many opportunities were asking for business or IT qualifications. However, I found that I had the ability to argue a case, organise work and present information coherently to a variety of audiences. This paid off and I gained a number of PA positions within the NHS. Although the money was good, it wasn't really what I wanted, and I found through a range of work experiences I enjoyed working with young children. I became fascinated about how they learn and absorb the world and decided to teach. I have a place at The Institute of Education for this September and am looking forward to a new career.

    “And so if I was asked: what can History do for you? Today I think I'd say, it gave me the ability to research, formulate an argument quickly in my head, and then more substantially on paper and produce this for an audience. I also made great friends, learnt more about me, and enjoyed three years of freedom and cheap booze!”

  • Aneesa Dawoojee, Family Mediator

    “Since graduating I have travelled and worked in a couple of different jobs, but now I have found a career path that I love. I am currently working for an organisation who work with vulnerable and homeless young people called Alone in London. My role here is the Family Mediation Schools Work Project Co-ordinator and I teach sessions on homelessness, family conflict and conflict resolution. I am in the process of becoming an accredited mediator in order to help prevent young people ending up in the streets.”

  • Ben Slater, Digital Services Consultant

    “I am a historian by nature – I always loved stories, the sense of continuity with the past always intrigued me and when presented with a problem I would always look at the experience of others for a solution. I graduated from Essex in 1996 with a degree in History. I then worked for a year paying off the usual debts and so on and then was awarded a scholarship to study for a Masters in Computer Science. After completing the MSc in 1998 I went to work at an investment bank in the City on a short-term contract conducting business and technical analysis for their Equity Research division. While at the bank I became acquainted with a recently formed digital services consultancy whose core business was looking at how people interacted with systems. I soon found myself a job as one of their Account/Project Managers and during the highs and lows of the somewhat tumultuous technology/services markets over the next four years I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else – lots of money, lots of pressure, lots of responsibility, lots of fun and lots and lots of parties. I found myself running a large team of skilled technical, creative and strategic staff and my main job was to keep them happy, managed, profitable and effective. I believe the most important skill in achieving this was the understanding of the human relationships on which it was all based. When I look back on my career I can honestly say that there is not a moment when the skills and experience gained during my degree was not relevant to my work. Indeed one might argue that history is itself nothing more than the story of the interaction between people and the different systems they are party to.

    “Let's talk money. Commercially a history degree is extremely valuable. A good friend of mine – also a History graduate and MSc Computing - who went for an extremely lucrative City computing role got the job because of his knowledge of the Crusades; the logic being that at a "micro-level" most employers are looking for people who can get along, who understand and can manage the friction of human interaction and who have a human context from which to build skills and relationships. History grounds people - it reduces their fear because they have more understanding about the world, it increases their appetite for the future because they appreciate the past and it instils in them a respect for those who have gone before. And in business common courtesy and respect go an awful long way.

    “At a "macro-level" business is about the understanding of human behaviour, needs and wants and then acting upon them. In this sense history is the most valuable teacher we have and whenever anyone comes up with a "new" solution to a problem the likelihood is that the only novelty is the particular blend of historical lessons being applied. Thus it follows that to form those lateral links to new solutions we need to understand the lateral and sometimes literal links to the old.

    “Study history – it is good for you!”

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