The year 2020 was supposed to be the year to commemorate anniversaries of important events. These were being prepared for months but stopped by Covid-19.
Australia has strongly attached its identity to its ANZAC participation in World War I. Have the citizens, after a long string of centenary years, finally reached Peak Commemoration?
Reading German newspapers on November 9, often called the “German Day of Fate” on a train offers the opportunity to follow some loose thoughts on Public History and Historical Culture.
Turkey has been confronted with an array of domestic and international problems. To face them, the state uses new means to strengthen a national memory: e.g. anniversaries of the battles of Manzikert or Gallipoli.
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The public uses of history compete with school teaching from a position of strength, and therefore they must become part of school history curricula in order to give pupils the tools to critically evaluate them.
The new coalition agreement was closely examined with a view to so-called future issues. But it is also noteworthy with regard to Public History – and to the historical classification of the present.
As part of marketing strategies, multinational corporations do not forego staging their history. It is permanently available on the company's own websites as an individual unique selling proposition.
In Russia, the October Revolution of 1917 is not celebrated for more than a quarter of a century. However, the centennial anniversary of 1917 cannot be circumvented - 1917 and the subsequent events, which are now commonly called the “Great Russian Revolution.”
Unconcerned minds may fall prey to the idea – quite appropriate for a first intuition – that the Reformation jubilee has something to do with historical reassessment.
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.