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The new global history

There something radical, almost historical, about this issue of the history magazine Fortid.

[history trend] "If the subject of history is justified by its relevance to contemporary people, it is obvious that Norwegian historians – now in the midst of the" age of globalization "- must also contribute to constructing a global past."

This is what the leader says in the student-run history magazine Fortid, which this week came with a new issue at the University of Oslo. The wording is problematic: there is not necessarily more "globalization" now, as strong is the defense of the "age of the nation state". Second, historians should not aim to "construct" anything, rather to provide a balanced picture of the past.

Despite the objections: There is something radical, almost historical, about this issue of the Past. Today's nationally oriented and Eurocentric storytelling is criticized. Professional historians are challenged to give a presentation of the story where even those outside Europe and the United States, ie 90 percent of the earth's population, are included in a more equal way.

It is no coincidence that this "student uprising", with the support of key professionals, is happening now. Professor Knut Kjeldstadlis (ed.) Three-volume work Norwegian immigration history. . .

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Dag Herbjørnsrud
Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.

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