In our latest case study, we look at Alastair Reid, a labour historian and co-founder of the History & Policy Trade Union Forum. This case study looks at why Alastair Reid decided to set up the Forum, what he believes it has achieved, and how it has influenced his thinking on the relevance of history to current issues.
The case study illustrates that while a partial or incorrect understanding of the past is sometimes used (by politicians for example) to reinforce an ideological divide, a more thoughtful approach to history can help bridge personal and political differences and provide common ground for dialogue and discussion. Participating in the Trade Union Forum encourages academic historians and trade unionists to actively engage with each other, and examine highly contentious issues in a neutral environment.
Read this case study and others at: http://www.historyandpolicy.org/case-studies
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