Deconstructing Karlsson, part 1: Historical consciousness

Robert Thorp


This paper presents an analysis of how leading Swedish historian and history didactical researcher Klas-Göran Karlsson presents the concept of historical consciousness in some of his most recent publications and seeks to analytically deconstruct his view of the concept. The study finds that Karlsson presents definitions of the concept that may not be compatible to each other. Using this result, the paper then tries to present and argue a view of the concept that harmonises with the one presented by Karlsson.


Klas-Göran Karlsson; historical consciousness; deconstruction; history didactics

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