America’s political leaders rushed the nation into war just weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, just like ancient Greeks and Romans did in response to similar traumatic events.
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Ancient Athenians and Romans also let shared mass tragedies propel justifications for going to war – even when it wasn’t clear what that violence would solve.
People are warned that what they post on the internet will live forever. But that’s not really the case.
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Portions of the internet disappear every day. Preservation of this historical record requires a proactive approach by archivists and everyday citizens.
Workers lower a a statue of Canada’s first prime minister, John A. Macdonald, onto a truck as a crowd watches in Kingston, Ont., June 18, 2021.
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A survey of history teachers in Canada showed the prevalence of the myth of objectivity among history teachers.
Public housing tower in Flemington, Melbourne.
What might the past offer us at this moment, and how will future generations reflect on this year? How will this present become the future’s past?
It takes roughly 90 years for the living memory of an event to disappear.
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A global pandemic might be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. But we can’t assume that future threats will get the attention they deserve from people living in an information-saturated world.
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man is arrested by Israeli security forces for resisting efforts to shut down a synagogue in the Me’a She’arim neighborhood in Jerusalem, April 17, 2020.
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Persecution is central to Jewish collective memory. So when armed police entered ultra-Orthodox areas of Jerusalem to close synagogues due to COVID-19, some residents reacted with fear and suspicion.
Memory can serve as a heavy reminder of the past. Indigenous people gather in Shubenacadie, N.S., in June 2008 to remember the residents of a former residential school and the abuses they suffered.
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Memories can be powerful tools to address humanity’s most difficult political, sociological and environmental problems
Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin and Franklin D Roosevelt at the Yalta Conference, 1945.
New research suggests people from Germany, Russia, the UK and US all think their own country was the most important in World War II.
Our memory of the twin towers attack has been strengthened by events that happened much later.
Current events can boost our collective memory of past events in predictable ways, finds study.
Community murals can rekindle an area’s shared memories and sense of identity.
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Over the past 15 years, community groups in a rundown inner-city district have created public murals as part of a successful process of reversing decades of stagnation.
Natural selection has shaped many different animal groups, from V-like formations of bird flocks to circular mills of schooling fish. These shapes are the result of millions of years of evolution. Animals…
Selma director and co-writer Ava DuVernay has crafted a new and important vision of an oft-examined era in our nation’s history.
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Hollywood films that depict American history deeply influence our sense of national identity. Films that portray Civil Rights and Black Freedom history are particularly important. Beyond entertaining moviegoers…
Sharing stories around the dinner table fosters greater self-esteem and resilience in young people.
Families and friends share memories all the time; “You’ll never guess…”, “How was your day?”, and “Do you remember when…” are rich daily fodder. Sharing memories is not only a good way to debrief and reminisce…
Hail in summer - not so rare.
Hail, heavy rain, lightning and flash flooding – not necessarily typical summer weather in southeast England. But the recent unexpected deluge saw homes evacuated, stations flooded, and road and rail services…
Weaver ants share a collective memory of the odours of rival ants, researchers from the University of Melbourne and elsewhere…