What does the following Party slogan mean: "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past?"

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This Party slogan is first mentioned in Part One, Chapter Three of 1984. To put it into context, Winston is thinking about the Party's past alliance with Eurasia. According to the Party, Oceania and Eurasia have never been allies but Winston has a strong memory of their friendship. However, it does not matter that Winston can remember it: the Party says that it never happened and has rewritten the history books and newspapers accordingly.

The Party is able to rewrite the past through a combination of brainwashing and violence. Because people are unable to speak out, the Party takes control of the both...

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