On Defining "History" and Determining Its Role in Shaping the Cultural Strategy of a Country

Katerina Papaioannou

University of Patras, GREECE, papaioannou.kat@gmail.com


The primary objective of this study is to present a theoretical approach and analysis of the term "history". The study of history is of crucial importance for the transmission of culture and national values. Modern states should exploit the study of history, since only by acquiring historical consciousness will they be able to formulate new policies to promote and preserve their culture. Knowledge of the past leads to a better understanding of the facts of the present; therefore, it also enables a more accurate, efficient and – hopefully - globally beneficial planning of the future.

Nowadays, the purpose of history is to assist us in a two-fold way in order to: (i) better understand the present and deal with it responsibly through the knowledge and study of the past as well as (ii) to take the necessary initiatives and action for creating and preparing a better future. One could, therefore, claim that the main purpose of history is rather didactic than cognitive. Careful study of history contributes to a proper understanding of the present, resulting to states able to exploit their past and use it as a guide for shaping their national strategy and maximizing their present and future benefits in the contemporary global setting.

Keywords: History, culture, international relations.


CITATION: Abstracts & Proceedings of ADVED 2017 - 3rd International Conference on Advances in Education and Social Sciences, 9-11 October 2017- Istanbul, Turkey

ISBN: 978-605-82433-0-9