You may know who you are, but how do I know? Looking at how this question has been answered in the past will focus on the emergence of modern ID. The concepts of identity and identification, will be defined in terms who we are to ourselves, subjectively; and who we are to others, objectively. Conventional elements of identity documents will be considered, to see how they have been regulated and used.
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Professor Jane Caplan
Professor Jane Caplan is Visiting Professor at Birkbeck, University of London, and Emeritus Fellow at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. She is a world-renowned historian specialising in Nazi Germany and the history of the documentation of individual identity.