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Notes on David Lowenthal’s ideas about the past as “a foreign country”

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This essay seeks to recover and discuss David Lowenthal’s ideas about the past as “a foreign country”. The author of this paper attempts to develop a line of thought that deals with the complexity–and the difficulty–of understanding History as a science that produces fundamental knowledge in order to comprehend society. Hence, the purpose is to highlight the meaning of History and its core relevance to understanding humankind. In the end, it is proposed to think of History not as the mere identification of former events, but as the possibility of re-signification of the marks of the past, creating new perspectives for the analysis of the present and the future.


geography, history, past, foreign country, artifacts