De betrekkelijkheid van het moderne historisch besef // [The relativity of modern historical consciousness]

Discusses different forms of historical consciousness. Historical recollection is a cultural possession like traditions, rituals, or art; history need not have emancipatory functions or promote various causes. Today's interest in such phenomena as museums, historical plays, and living history should not be considered superficial and shallow by professional historians. Historical writing has a political, a cognitive, and an aesthetic dimension; all three are necessary.