Sports history is an ideal vehicle for historical and socially relevant questions. As a cultural heritage, however, it endures a wallflower existence, at least in Switzerland.
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A 1998 controversy about World War 2 led Switzerland to the creation of a unique oral history project called Archimob. Founded before widespread digitalization, the question is: What is left of it?
History is strongly present in public, be it in historical-political debates or on the occasion of anniversaries. At the same time, it is more and more difficult for the science of history to make its voice heard.
History is everywhere – but it is not always easy to perceive it. A sharpened view is needed as the example of the “stamp” illustrates. Stamps are in fact an ideal window into history.
Are national days good examples of the wide-ranging influence of public history when it comes to building historical beliefs among the majority of the population?
Students do not simply develop an adequate understanding of “critical thinking” “in a natural way”, neither if they are taught history or another subject.
We can observe great differences in how teachers deal with the history of their own country (“Heimatkunde”) in the classroom. Some of them…
In public debates the input of historians seems to play a subordinate role. Instead, the contemporary witnesses are more important, because they are those who can talk about “what it was really like”.