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Peacebuilding, Memory and Reconciliation by Genevieve Parent, Bruno Charbonneau

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Chapter 11

Can history heal trauma?

The role of history education in reconciliation processes

Karina V. Korostelina

History education plays a crucial role in the formation of the concepts of the society during processes of reconciliation and peacebuilding, especially in societies with a long history of conflict, violence, and mistrust among ethnic and religious groups. The politics of reconciliation presented in historic narratives affect psychological healing and recovery on a personal level. Thus, history education in post-conflict societies is one of the major mechanisms that can unite political and social reconciliation with the processes of individual healing and recovery. History education as a social practice of construction of socio-political ...

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