November 2017

History competitions in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine are about to start

The national histories as written in the former Soviet countries during the post-regime-change

The national histories as written in the former Soviet countries during the post-regime-change period often show blank spaces and uncertainties when it comes to the historical interpretation of difficult topics. These gaps in otherwise fact-based narratives not only encourage uncertainty regarding history, but also sow the seeds for falsifications, the persistent silencing of topics already tabooed in Soviet times, as well as counterfactual historical narratives. This - in combination with other factors - can result in a danger to democracy by becoming the basis for a rhetoric of alterity and exclusion, for the legitimization of individual political interests, or fostering anti-democratic or authoritarian ideologies. DVV International and Körber-Stiftung support civil-society organizations in their emancipatory work with history by implementing a joint project "History Competitions" in four countries of the Eastern Partnership, working with them to promote project-orientated learning as well as the communication of basic contemporary methodical skills at schools (especially in history lessons) READ MORE

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