Author: Patryk Wawrzyński
Institution: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń
Author: Joanna Marszałek-Kawa
Institution: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń
Year of publication: 2018
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Pages: 101-111
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PDF: tner/201802/tner20180208.pdf

The paper considers the relationship between remembrance narratives on national heroes and proliferation of political attitudes, values and behaviours during democratisation. It discusses the impact of interpretations of the past on the development of civil society in the context of public education as an instrument of identity politics. Comparing the experiences of Chile, Estonia, Georgia, Poland, South Africa and Spain, the authors present the role of national heroes in the legitimisation of behaviours and attitudes, new elites and national unity. The discussed results prove that the establishment of a pro-democratic system of civic education increases chances for successful consolidation of democracy in post-authoritarian countries.


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