The Nation, Europe, And The World

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Overview

"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." ยท American Journal of Sociology
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.
Hanna Schissler teaches modern German history at the University of Hanover and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig.
Yasemin Nuhoglu Soysal teaches sociology at the University of Essex and is the current president of the European Sociology Association.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571815507
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/19/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 1,069,160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Hanna Schissler teaches modern German history at the University of Hanover and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig.

Yasemin Nuhoglu Soysal teaches sociology at the University of Essex and is the current president of the European Sociology Association.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : teaching beyond the national narrative 1
1 Projections of identity in French and German history and civics textbooks 13
2 Privileged migrants in Germany, France, and the Netherlands : return migrants, repatriates, and expellees after 1945 35
3 What counts as history and how much does history count? The case of French secondary education 61
4 The decline and rise of the nation in German history education 82
5 Nation and the other in Greek and Turkish history textbooks 105
6 "Europe" in Bulgarian conceptions of nationhood 122
7 Learning about Europe and the world : schools, teachers, and textbooks in Russia after 1991 138
8 Europe in Spanish textbooks : a vague image in the space of memory 163
9 World history and general education : how to bring the world into the classroom 193
10 Cartographies of connection : ocean maps as metaphors for inter-area history 211
11 World history : making sense of the present 228
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