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The Two Levels of Public Use of the Past

The premise of the conference ‘The Historian and Public Life’, held at the Einaudi Foundation in Turin in November 1997, was that the demand that historians be active in public seemed to be intensifying, and it proposed examining ‘the uses of the past in European and American public life’. The words ‘political uses’ are used again in the title of the current seminar, referring less to history than, in a broader sense, to the past.