Narrative versus story

In the context of international relations, narrative means much more than just a story. It might be understood as a people’s most strongly held beliefs about the way history has unfolded. This is not only an explanation of events, but also a separate view of reality. In divided societies —where there has been protracted conflict—there are often parallel narratives. The differing peoples do not agree on what occurred in the distant past and this core disagreement often causes them to dispute what has happened in recent times.

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