Some of us struggled through Elton, Carr etc. at Uni 'study of history' courses, some of us have doubtless drawn our own conclusions from other studies and interests. Why do you think history matters? Perhaps I should really ask; Why do you think military history matters? Does it have to 'matter'? It's an interest in and of itself for many, surely. Funny old piece in the Philosophers Mail got me back onto this old chestnut. High expectations or what! Philosopher's Mail - What is History for?