London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

An excessive virtuous identity: Europe moves to censor historians

Author(s) Cajani, L.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
The paper describes the current process of approval of the EU framework decisions on combating racism and xenophobia, which involves a set of historical issues concerned with war crimes and crimes against humanity. The paper analyses this in the light of the French lois mémorielles and the many forms of political control of the interpretation of the past which are afoot in Europe, and which are generating a heated debate – particularly between historians, but also involving jurists and political scientists. The findings in this paper will be of relevance to upper secondary school and university.

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