Appel de Blois
is an initiative in 2008
by Liberté pour l’Histoire
to work against legislative authorities
criminalizing the past through the legislative,
thus putting more and more obstacles in the way of historical research. It was signed by historians such as Carlo Ginzburg
, Eric Hobsbawn
, and Jacques Le Goff
The appeal, which was directed at the European public, particularly scholars, historians, and academics, called for the rejection of "moralisation" and "judicialisation" of history through the codification of the so-called memory laws
The initiative asks people to sign up under this:
Concerned about the retrospective moralization of history and intellectual censure, we call for the mobilization of European historians and for the wisdom of politicians.
History must not be a slave to contemporary politics nor can it be written on the command of competing memories. In a free state, no political authority has the right to define historical truth and to restrain the freedom of the historian with the threat of penal sanctions. We call on historians to marshal their forces within each of their countries and to create structures similar to our own, and, for the time being, to individually sign the present appeal, to put a stop to this movement toward laws aimed at controlling history memory. We ask government authorities to recognize that, while they are responsible for the maintenance of the collective memory, they must not establish, by law and for the past, an official truth whose legal application can carry serious consequences for the profession of history and for intellectual liberty in general.
In a democracy, liberty for history is liberty for all.
- ^ Wacławczyk, Wiesław; Jarosz, Adam (2017). The Process of Politicization: How Much Politics Does a Society Need? Vol. 5. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 49. ISBN 9781527505162.
- ^ French memory laws Archived 8 September 2012 at archive.today www.lph-asso.fr
- ^ Koposov, Nikolay (2018). Memory Laws, Memory Wars. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 122. ISBN 9781108419727.
- ^ Bevernage, Berber; Wouters, Nico (2018). The Palgrave Handbook of State-Sponsored History After 1945. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 97. ISBN 9781349953059.
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