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Title: Some theses on decolonizing history
Authors: Santos, Boaventura de Sousa 
Issue Date: Jul-2021
Publisher: Seminar Publications
Serial title, monograph or event: Seminar
Issue: 743
Place of publication or event: New Delhi
Abstract: WHAT is the weight of history? In a novel historical context, as in the case of a revolution, the weight of history tends to be light on the generations that are there at the onset; let’s call them ‘the inaugural generations’. On the other hand, it tends to be heavy on the generations that follow; let’s call them ‘the after generations’. These two types of generations correspond to two different conceptions of the past, respectively: the past as a mission or a task, and the past as a treasure or a trophy. For the inaugural generations, the past is open and unfinished; for the after generations, it is closed and accomplished. The relative prevalence of these two types of generations determines the relative weight of history. Which type of generation prevails in our time?
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/96270
Rights: openAccess
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