Nation, Europe, and the World: Textbooks and Curricula in Transition

Nation, Europe, and the World: Textbooks and Curricula in Transition

by Yasemin Nuhoglu Soysal
     
 

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571815491
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : teaching beyond the national narrative1
1Projections of identity in French and German history and civics textbooks13
2Privileged migrants in Germany, France, and the Netherlands : return migrants, repatriates, and expellees after 194535
3What counts as history and how much does history count? The case of French secondary education61
4The decline and rise of the nation in German history education82
5Nation and the other in Greek and Turkish history textbooks105
6"Europe" in Bulgarian conceptions of nationhood122
7Learning about Europe and the world : schools, teachers, and textbooks in Russia after 1991138
8Europe in Spanish textbooks : a vague image in the space of memory163
9World history and general education : how to bring the world into the classroom193
10Cartographies of connection : ocean maps as metaphors for inter-area history211
11World history : making sense of the present228

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