Common Humanity: Making 'us vs. them' history

14th Mar 2013; 18:00

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Religion. Nation. Race. Class. Gender.

Many of our historical and political narratives have dramatised our differences and created stark ‘us vs. them’ conflicts. Great works of history have divided the world into categories of opposing groups, further entrenching our attitudes and shaping how we view our present political landscape. Artificial binaries are established and reinforced by the media today – hardline ‘yes’ vs. ‘no’ perspectives seem to be the only viable positions to take on any given issue.

Is there another way of reading and writing our past that describes what we all have in common, rather than what divides us?

Sir David Cannadine, one of Britain’s greatest and most distinguished historians visits the RSA to provide a new paradigm for historical understanding that emphasises our commonalities, rather than our differences.

Speaker: Sir David Cannadine, historian and author.

Chair: Roman Krznaric, a cultural thinker and founding faculty member of The School of Life in London

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