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Title:The relevance of history in national development: some hints to African states on developmental strategies
Author:Were, Gideon S.
Year:1979
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development
Volume:9
Issue:2
Pages:114-127
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:development
history
Abstract:Primary concern is to try and demonstrate some of the principal ways in which history can and does contribute to national development. Because it is reservoir of human experiences and knowledge through the ages, history has a direct and positive influence on the present and future. That influence is a potential instrument for national planning leading to national reconstruction, national integration, social justice, and social and political advancement. The result should be a nation governed by the principles of equality, merit, social justice and public ethics. One nation with common aspirations, one identity, and one people with equal and fair socio-economic opportunities will be the unique features of such a state. However, as is the case with all other important factors which can contribute to a nation's development, a great deal does depend on the will, dedication and ability of those charged with the heavy responsibility of national development and leadership, not to mention the role of the historian. Notes.
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