You do not take it as subject. Think that you are reading story about the people who are gone from this world.
Then you try to know how they were?
What they have done?
Good or bad. Then you will see that you develop an interest that good people are praised & bad people are condemned
so we will learn that what they have done & what was their end, in this world.
Yes dates & names are difficult to remember. You can learn one name & date daily. Join with some of your friend. You read & daily exchange the page of history. Also search here for more answers searching with keywords “history.”