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The Nation, Europe, and the World : Textbooks and Curricula in Transition - Hanna Schissler

The Nation, Europe, and the World

Textbooks and Curricula in Transition

By: Hanna Schissler (Editor), Yasemin Nuhoglu Soysal (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st April 2005
ISBN: 9781571815507
Number Of Pages: 268

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Textbooks in history, geography and the social sciences provide important insights into the ways in which nation-states project themselves. Based on case studies of France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Turkey Bulgaria, Russia, and the United States, this volume shows the role that concepts of space and time play in the narration of 'our country' and the wider world in which it is located. It explores ways in which in western European countries the nation is reinterpreted through European lenses to replace national approaches in the writing of history. On the other hand, in an effort to overcome Eurocentric views, 'world history' has gained prominence in the United States. Yet again, East European countries, coming recently out of a transnational political union, have their own issues with the concept of nation to contend with. These recent developments in the field of textbooks and curricula open up new and fascinating perspectives on the changing patterns of the re-positioning process of nation-states in West as well as Eastern Europe and the United States in an age of growing importance of transnational organizations and globalization.

"The fascinating analyses bring out how the importance and the shape of the others in narratives of the nation vary in the unequal structure of the world and the geopolitics of knowledge production...the diversity of the essays makes for immensely engaging reading." - American Journal of Sociology

"This volume should appeal to a variety of interests. Obviously, specialists in the history of education will find this to be a valuable contribution to the study of history textbooks and instruction in postwar Europe. Scholars interested in European integration and its challenges will also benefit from this collection, as it addresses the fundamental questions surrounding the creation of supranational European identities. Finally, practitioners of world history will find the contributions of Kater, Wigen and Schissler most intriguing. It is a work that engages many important issues related to education, society, and the future of Europe." - H-German

Introduction : teaching beyond the national narrativep. 1
Projections of identity in French and German history and civics textbooksp. 13
Privileged migrants in Germany, France, and the Netherlands : return migrants, repatriates, and expellees after 1945p. 35
What counts as history and how much does history count? : the case of French secondary educationp. 61
The decline and rise of the nation in German history educationp. 82
Nation and the other in Greek and Turkish history textbooksp. 105
"Europe" in Bulgarian conceptions of nationhoodp. 122
Learning about Europe and the world : schools, teachers, and textbooks in Russia after 1991p. 138
Europe in Spanish textbooks : a vague image in the space of memoryp. 163
World history and general education : how to bring the world into the classroomp. 193
Cartographies of connection : ocean maps as metaphors for inter-area historyp. 211
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ISBN: 9781571815507
ISBN-10: 1571815503
Series: Berghahn Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 1st April 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.36