Understanding the present, by contextualizing in the past

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I believe public history should be taught with the distinct idea that this is a field in motion. What we know about the past will affect our actions today. However, in doing so we must look at the past not as we see it today, but as it might have looked to the people for whom it was reality. Of course, we must teach not realitY, but incorporate realitIES to create the most accurate picture. This is why I advocate for cross-cultural historical learning, whereby we look at our own culture through the shades of various lenses.

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Natalia Wobst


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Natalia Wobst, "Understanding the present, by contextualizing in the past." Forward Capture: Imagine the Future of Public History, Item #20 (accessed December 03 2021, 1:53 pm)