Historical Awareness (Reading Blog #1)

As I was reading this, there was one theme that was constant throughout the reading; historical awareness is not the same as social memory.  By this, I mean that being aware of an event that has happened in the past is different than recalling an event that has occurred. Tosh also stated that these “memories” that the people in the country share are often historically inaccurate. At the end of the chapter, he states that historical awareness is more important to the growth of human society than social memory, stating that the study and preservation of history must be unbiased.

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