TITLE

DIE SCHWEIZ IM KOPF. WIE SCHÃœLERINNEN UND SCHÃœLER SCHWEIZER GESCHICHTE ERINNERN

AUTHOR(S)
Furrer, Markus
PUB. DATE
January 2010
SOURCE
Yearbook of the International Society of History Didactics / Jah;2010, p169
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
While research on and the level of knowledge about the production of nationalism and national identity can be classified as large, knowledge about its consumption is minimal. Thus, recently the demand has arisen for a paradigm shift from page to public. The question concerning public's appreciation of history is of increasing importance. The contribution aims at throwing light upon empirical approaches of a topical historical consciousness. The uniqueness of the Swiss memory culture is characterised by a long tradition and being virtually uninterrupted. Similarly, as Etienne François formulates it for Europe, looking at the Lieux de mémoire in the Swiss case can be profitable, as long as one understands Switzerland as a product of history and inquires with a retrospective view why and under which conditions particular Lieux de mémoire emerge;, how they were constructed, by which groups and with which intentions they were developed and which of them still remain in the present. These are ordinary investigative questions aligned with the discipline of historical inquiry. Moreover, the question arises as to the current frame of reference, which is to be sketchily followed here, in order to be able to illuminate in particular the tense relationship between history and memory, as well as, the ambiguities and changes in perspectives: Suggesting an approach to the analysis of current Lieux de mémoire in the collective memory of residents of Switzerlandso as to gain an insight into a common view of history. The research of Lieux de mémoire as high-grade symbolically-loaded crystallization points of the collective memory follows historical-didactical questions closely.
ACCESSION #
51005317

 

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