The current outlook on history-in-society dominates the final chapter of this book. From the professional’s angle, two challenges predominate. One is to formulate an adequate response to the proliferating attempts by different funders of historical research to steer the study of the past, and the second is to make sure that ready-made interpretations of the past are not imposed on citizens and substituted for histories created by the people themselves. Historians have to ensure that questions about the past originating in the public sphere are critically evaluated, and they must find new ways of upholding history-making as a basic social practice.
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