Saturday, June 20, 2015

History and Nationalism

Ernst Renan:
Forgetting history or even getting it wrong is one of the major elements in building a nation. . . . history is a danger to nationalism.
Eric Hobsbawn:
I regard it as the primary duty of modern historians to be such a danger.

1 comment:

leif said...

*A* danger, sure; the logic seems solid. But is it importantly dangerous to nationalism? I doubt it, given nationalism's close affiliation with confirmation bias (see wikipedia Confirmation_bias).