During the collapse of an authoritarian regime, an important process of the cultural passage to democracy is coming to terms with the recent past. History, therefore, seems urgently relevant to societies that want to understand the legitimacy of their past government. Intellectuals are asked to find explanations for the mistakes a past government made, how such a government should be interpreted and remembered, and what were its ideological and historical roots. In times of deep-seated crisis, professional historians are particularly asked to find convincing answers to all of these difficult issues.
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