Social Identity Through Public History


Public History promotes social identity. It is, simultaneously, an opportunity, a danger and a challenge. In particular, actors in Public History are required to take into consideration the need for identification as well as the necessity for reflected dissociation.



Anniversaries of national self-assertion

2015 is an anniversary year in Switzerland: In 1315, the Battle of Morgarten occurred. A force from Schwyz defeated the army of Habsburg knights under the command of Duke Leopold on the shores of Lake Ägeri. In 1415, the Swiss Confederates conquered the region of Aargau that was, at the time, still under Habsburg rule.