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Richard Marsden a lecturer in History at The Open University, and he is interested in what you might call the ideological uses of the past. George Orwell once wrote: ‘he who controls the present, controls the past’. That’s putting it a bit strongly, but it is undoubtedly the case that people’s thoughts and actions in the present are shaped in part by how they think about the histories of their own communities and nations.

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