History really doesn't repeat itself. It paraphrases itself.

In "today's competitive environment," History is another one of those disciplines "useless" to students who must learn cross-cultural orgitecht advocacy and ethics for custom-tailored bottom-line solutions to meet customers’ unique needs. Memes (especially bizbabble and boilerplate) are much like past events. If we are unaware of either, we unconsciously repeat them.

  Hyper History Online What other texts are you reading now? Here's an accessible timeline to find out what ELSE was going on.  
  Library of Congress: American Memory Suppose you're reading a 19th Century American author. What might they have read in their time?  
  History Matters Another good American History portal.  
  Internet History Sourcebooks Project Edited by Paul Halsall, collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.