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Historicising the Uses of the Past : Scandinavian Perspectives on History Culture, Historical Consciousness and Didactics of History Related to World War II


The book offers a presentation of new developments in Scandinavian memory cultures related to World War II and the Holocaust combining this focus with the perspective of history didactics. The theoretical framework of historical consciousness offers an approach linking individual and collective uses and re-uses of the past to the question how history can and should be taught.
A teaching practice which takes the social constructivist notions of historical consciousness seriously can contribute to self-reflecting and critical thinking and, thereby, to a democratic political culture. The book also offers some examples of good practice in this field.