Originally Posted by Utah Jay
Not everything is necessairly super significant. Sometimes events are just neat stories, like the one you described (especially if you visit Canterbury Cathedral and see the scene of the crime.)
To judge what is "important" draw connections from a later event back to its origin as much as possible.
For sure I am noticing in the college lectures I listen to, many comments are about interesting things, that are not necessarily important to understanding history.
On the other hand, I think there are huge social, economic and political ramifications to the US adopting the German models of bureaucracy and education and no one knows what I am talking about because evidently, historians do not consider such things as important.
Or when we learn of the Civil War in the US we don't learn what advances in British mills had to do with that history, and what Britain's development of cotton fields in India had to do with the defeat of the South. We know next to nothing about the oil industry and international matters revolving around oil, and the economics revolving around trading oil in dollars.
History is his story and a lot gets left out of his story. Most of my old history texts are about conquest and conquer, and not inventions and resulting change. But more recent books like "Don't Know Much About History" and "A People's History of the United States" are more about the significance of the events.
TotalAaron- Its A fair point, i see military leaders as more important, for they are responsible for the survival of their nations. No nation= no scientists but i do understand where you are coming from.
Modern day military power is almost completely about science and the technology coming out of this science. NASA is now gathering information about our earth and space, but it did not come about because people enjoy science. NASA is about national defense, and was triggered by the USSR gaining knowledge of nuclear weapons and sending Sputnik around the world, demonstrating it not only had nuclear bomb technology but also the technology to deliver the bombs. Air warfare and nuclear weapons changing the world in dramatic ways.
It was for military reasons, the 1958 National Defense Education Act, replaced liberal education in the US with the German model of education for technology for military and industrial purpose. As early as the first world war, Prussian generals realized the economic and military value of what Eisenhower called the Military Industrial Complex and what Hitler and the Bush family called the New World Order. Time to up date your understanding of modern day warfare.