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Past, Present and Future: How We Use History to Make Sense of Politics

References to history seem to become more and more commonplace within political rhetoric. Golden eras, better days and the romanticization of history sits uncomfortably with the rising criticism of how historical figures, statues, street names and commemorations paint a particular version of history that disregards the negative acts and events of ‘our’ country. Both of these trends point to a broader phenomenon, that how we think about history, and how we use history in the present, is an active process that is equally informed by selective remembering and forgetting. Drawing on data from Serbia, the UK and the US, Dr Sandra Obradovic will argue for how the politicization of history offers one avenue through which we can examine how group identities, boundaries and their relationships become manifest.

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