(One of my first university pieces) Stefan Berger’s article is intrinsically critical of historiographic nationalism in its description of the development of this over the past few centuries. It explores the ideas of patriotism and implores that a separation between national history and national identity is key, though this is often confused or ignored. Berger … Continue reading Summary of Stefan Berger’s “History and national identity: why they should remain divorced”
Was the formation of the Boy Scouts primarily a matter of imperialism or citizenship?
Currently boasting a worldwide, mixed-gender membership of ‘over 31 million’, the Scout movement continues in its ability to create healthy, uniformed children. Perhaps it was the simple intention of Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the movement, to produce a branch of young citizens who were polite and helpful as well as being loyal to their king … Continue reading Was the formation of the Boy Scouts primarily a matter of imperialism or citizenship?
Why does history matter?
History has been defined as ‘the study of past events, particularly in human affairs’; this means that history is a unique discipline since it encompasses everything in its studies. Whether history matters in the grand scheme of things, however, is a concept that is somewhat relative: relative to current events, relative to political agenda and relative … Continue reading Why does history matter?