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Commemoration remembering and marking your past makes an important contribution to our sense of community. This free course, History as commemoration, considers ways in which written texts, memorials, letters and photographs can all serve to commemorate events, people and values we wish to remember from our past.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- develop an understanding that history is selective, that is, that history books tell us what historians have selected rather than everything that happened;
- gain a critical view of the meaning and role of ‘facts’ in history.
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History as commemoration
Commemoration – remembering and marking your past – makes an important contribution to our sense of community. Written texts, memorials, letters and photographs can all serve to commemorate events, people and values we wish to remember from our past.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 1 study in.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Heritage courses or view the range of currently available OU Heritage courses.
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Originally published: Friday, 11th December 2015
Last updated on: Friday, 11th December 2015
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