Without a doubt, history grades would improve, and the number of history majors would increase. What better preparation can there be for politicians and voters than to know history?
Catastrophic events can be a turning point for societies. The Black Death (peaked in Europe between 1347-1351) is said to have taken the life of 60% of Europe's population. The plague didn't discriminate, young or old, wealthy or poor. Realizing that religion could do nothing to stop the spread must have been a bitter pill to swallow. The life people knew and trusted ended.
Julia, granddaughter of Julius Caesar, and the infamous Herodias are two women from the chronicles of first-century European history. At the same time on the other side of the world (Asia) womankind enjoyed freedom forbidden women in later centuries, and some still frown upon to this day. Reading of women's lives in growing empires around the world familiar patterns repeat. Men go to war, establish empires, then plot and plan on how to control women's sexuality.