How difficult that it could be; testifies an increasing tendency for creating new national museums in the beginning of the 21th century. It is true that anyone hardly could doubt the demand of the European nations to represent their past; especially when this is done as an inlook process that leads to self-consciousness. However; it is equal important to consider that this kind of tendencies can easily be used as a perfect excuse for the rising of an already existing eurosceptism; especially in the turmoil of the economic crisis; but also for the strengthening of neonationalistic movements; as a result of poverty and unemployment.
In these difficult times for the people of Europe; when the feeling of uncertainty and insecurity can rekindle well-hidden extreme nationalistic feelings; it is crucial that the sense of national identity is represented through a critical historical perspective rather as an essential value that could be used as a vehicle of separatism. Perhaps now; more than ever national histories; national memories and national idiosyncrasies are conceived as small but significant parts of a common European multifaceted tradition; and be accordingly cherished as vital features of a common European future.
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