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Endeavour & Responsibility of the Historian – Creating an Archive of Ego Documents in Regions of Highly Contested Memories

Georg Grote ; Eurac Bozen

Puni tekst: engleski pdf 4.880 Kb

str. 147-159

preuzimanja: 92



The Irish folklore collection is a national social archive and has been an important focal point and a stabilizing influence on the development of the Irish collective identity after the foundation of the Irish Free State in 1922. This historic blueprint has been adapted and modified to fulfill a similar role in the emerging collective identity of South Tyrol in Northern Italy, where a challenging minority issue was pacified through far-reaching concessions and a regional political and cultural autonomy. This contribution outlines that establishing a social archive in this area of contested memories and conflicting interpretations of the history of the 20th century poses many challenges to the historian, ranging from the respect for individual recollections to the adoption of internationally accepted interpretations of the Fascist past in Germany and Italy. It concludes that despite these challenges, a social archive might be the appropriate instrument to foster reconciliation and mutual understanding.

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Historiography, ‘nation’-building, collective identity, archive creation, collective memory, history from below, ego documents

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