I was reading about stuff on Wikipedia and then came across the Battle of Pavia in the Italian War of 1521-1526 and had no idea about the Spaniards fighting the French in Italy then (and surprise.. surprise... France loses! SPOILER ALERT. ;)
Although truth be told this time period is not my strongest suit.
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As a historian, I think it's actually more important to understand the big picture, rather than knowing every single factual detail.
Of course, in order to understand the big picture you need to have some pretty good knowledge of the historical events. But, above that, you need to understand how economical, social, political and cultural changes operate through time, who are the subjects of those change, how they interact between themselves, how do you determine the causality of these changes and how they influence each other. To understand such things you need more than just knowing isolated events; you need a deeper comprehension of human society, and to dominate the basics concepts of other sciences like Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, Biology, Geography, Philosophy and others.
No one can know ever single detail about historical events. But it's surely interesting to research about them.0
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