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The past in the present of Europe

This video explains how the way Europe represents its own culture evolved since the 19th century, to integrate a wider diversity of national histories

The way Europeans remember the past has evolved over the last two centuries.

  • In the 19th century: cultural institutions representing national communities, proposing a grand narrative of the nation.

  • After 1945, Europe’s representation of the past consisted of a set of national histories.

  • The social mobilization of 1968 resulted in calls to make space for alternative identities and to revisit history to tell about oppressed groups such as women and coloured people.

  • Today, spaces where we write and learn about history have increased and diversified. A participatory approach to history is on the rise.

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Cultures and Identities in Europe

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