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Gangl, G. (2021) Historia magistra vitae?: the role of historiography in culture and politics. Faravid 51, 103-122.

Historia magistra vitae? : the role of historiography in culture and politics

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Author: Gangl, Georg1
Organizations: 1Oulun yliopisto
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Pohjois-Suomen historiallinen yhdistys, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-02-23


In this text I analyze the relationship between historiography, politics, and wider historical culture. Starting point for my argumentation are the organization “Historians without Borders” and a contentious resolution by the “Association of German Historians” from 2018. In a first step, I shortly reconstruct the relationship between politics, historical culture, and historiography that is presupposed by both the organization and the resolution. Next, I argue that historiography has a specific and unique role to play in historical culture and democracy as producer of historical knowledge and understanding and that there are legitimate political interests that directly stem from those activities. In particular, based on their professional activities historians have good grounds to stand in for the establishment or maintenance of deliberative democratic systems with which their professional endeavour shares many principles and commonalities.

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Series: Faravid. Historian ja arkeologian tutkimuksen aikakauskirja
ISSN: 0356-5629
ISSN-L: 0356-5629
Volume: 52
Pages: 103 - 122
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
611 Philosophy
Copyright information: Copyright (c) 2021 Faravid – Journal for Historical and Archaeological Studies. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.