When the world around us is uncertain, historical consciousness is set in motion. We never know what the future holds, but when the present is uncertain the need for historical outlooks becomes pressing. Then, historical knowledge becomes important as it can provide perspectives. However, history can be used to legitimize propaganda and nationalism too.
How the challenges of today – war, climate threats, and economic turbulence – are met depend on how they are historicized. Potentially, this makes history education important and contested, or if unattached possibly irrelevant.
The question is how history education should relate to contemporary uses of the past? Then, what is good history education in times of crisis and uncertainty?
History education can empower pupils and students with the historical perspective, knowledge, understanding and wisdom they need to live and thrive in these uncertain and perilous times.
You are most welcome to join us in Stockholm, Sweden, see maps 1, 2 and 3, for this important discussion in our world of global climate change, pandemic, international conflict and warfare, and the totalitarianism of body and mind.