Clashes Between Old and New Historical Consciousness

added 28.06.2020 10:09

by Dmitri Teperik from icds.ee
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As collective memories have a tendency to fade away, it is imperative to embed the kernel of lessons learned from the modern history of Europe into formal and informal education and new media formats that appeal to the young to shape their values and attitudes towards democratic principles.

There are many other examples of constructing historical memory on these principles in Central and Eastern Europe.

For keeping historical memories relevant to socio-cultural challenges of tomorrow’s society, it is essential that the expert community, historians, journalists, educators and civil society invest their efforts in defining and creating some new learning formats and media applications to engage young generations and shape their committing perceptions on democratic values in Europe.

In their correct attempts to build national remembrance and to have a truly legitimate history, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe should not be obstructed by conscience of the Russian nation that, if not yet destroyed, is still heavily suppressed.

Countries like Russia, still dominated by the old vision of history, are already perceived as backward, almost barbaric, but sooner or later—through strong clashes, resonating debate and emotional rebirth—they will adopt the new historical consciousness.