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A lay person might be forgiven for considering history as being, by its very nature, backward-looking rather than forward-thinking. The publishers and authors of our blog journal, Public History Weekly, prove however that nothing could be further from the truth.

ComputerThe medium of the Public History Weekly (PHW) itself is anything but traditional. The blog journal, which appears in German and English, put its articles online for the first time in September 2013. Since then, the latest articles in the field of history teaching and learning have appeared in the blog every Thursday. As an open access project, PHW does not merely offer its literature to experts. On the contrary: lay persons with an interest in history are expressly invited to contribute to discussion.

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´The blog articles also reveal perspectives for the present and future. For example, in her article on 4 December 2014, Bettina Alavi describes how historical research can be useful for the development of concepts for the here and now, with reference to the South Koreans, who for some years have been closely examining Germany's recent history. The South Korean researchers hope that detailed study of events leading to and following German reunification and its consequences for East and West will yield findings that may at some point in the future be applied to a possible reunification of North and South Korea.

In discussions with German historians, the South Koreans are developing concepts for school lessons. In this respect, they are further ahead than their German colleagues were when their country was still divided. In contrast to the "Tiger" of South Korea, neither West nor East Germany had a school subject devoted solely to reunification and the "other" country.

PHWReaders who have entered the world of history teaching and learning through articles such as this on PHW will find it difficult to resist the fascination of the past.

The Public History Weekly blog contains numerous exciting subjects, freely accessible to the public. Warning: reading may be addictive!

Please browse at your leisure!