I think I was 2 years old when I saw my first Star Wars movie. Since then, the movies have been my all time favorite. I have also read over 100 Star Wars books and play the videogames, in fact a job I would love to do on the side would be to be a historian of the Star Wars Universe (I feel ok revealing this to you, because if you also enjoy history you are just as big of a nerd). Something about lightsabers dueling and some great dialogue (minus Hayden Christensen) make these movies so great! And I do not care what anyone says — I love the originals and the prequels, all six are great and I cannot wait to see what JJ Abrams does with the next three.
This being said, have you noticed how many history majors love Star Wars? Seriously, I am not
sure if I have met a history major that does not enjoy these movies. Sure we can make the argument that the opening says “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .” and say that it is history (which usually gets a good laugh). Seriously though, is it that we see lightsabers and think of great sword fights and battles of earlier ages. Is it because we can see a macro, unbiased view of our own world through the experience of humans and aliens alike? Probably not, what it probably is, is that these movies are great, they’ve got great special effects, an incredible story, and enough fog in the story that keeps us continuing to crave for history. Hey, that almost sounds like history. Don’t we as historians see the fog in the master story, and try to go in and find the answers and make sense of it? Hmm, maybe it is a subliminal thought for us.
May the Force be with You,