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Shaping European Lives, Then and Now

Kieran Burns | Paper | 10 pages
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The House of European History opened in Brussels in 2017. It takes a transnational approach to the history of Europe and in its narrative, the First World War, is presented as a conflict which changed subsequent European history and con-stitutes a fundamental part of European memory, albeit one which is viewed from a variety of different perspectives. The House of European History aims to convey this profound and lasting impact by adopting a museological approach that goes beyond the traditional confines of the national museum and the military museum, and places particular emphasis on the impact of this conflict on the lives of ordinary Europeans.

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The House of European History adopts a chrono-thematic approach for the structure of its permanent exhibition. In that framework, a main narrative line starts with the late eighteenth century and treats the major developments of the nineteenth century, the great cataclysms of the first half of the twentieth century, and the post-war reconstruction, political division and reunification of Europe. It continues up to the age of globalisation and greater European integration, and to contemporary events such as Brexit.

Cover image © Guillaume Baviere 2015