I’m sharing this blog from my good friend Anna – in amongst all the partisan political debate of the last few days, it’s good to have a historian taking the long view!
I was talking to my two older children the other day about how significant the EU referendum could be. How one day they may be telling their grandchildren about what it was like to live through this day and the events surrounding it.
This got me thinking of the significant historical events of my lifetime and two immediately sprang to mind. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in 2001. So, how will I answer my children and one day my grandchildren when they ask what it was like to live through those times?
The strange thing is that the answer is “pretty ordinary”. If you are directly involved in such events the effects are immediate and obvious. For the East-Berliner on the 9th November 1989, catching up with a cousin they hadn’t seen in decades or for the people of New York…
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