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Discuss three instances from a variety of nations and cultures where you see past history being used actively to shape contemporary political discourse and action. What is the contemporary situation in which the past is invoked?

Throughout history we see different states and political figures use earlier history (both recent and remote) in order to talk about the present, and use the past to shape the contemporary political and civic dialogue. Discuss three instances from a variety of nations and cultures (that we have encountered since the midterm) where you see past history being used actively to shape contemporary political discourse and action. What is the contemporary situation in which the past is invoked? Is the past portrayed in a positive or a negative light? How are these values made apparent? What is being argued by those invoking the past? Are their arguments successful? Explain.

 

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