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The Cold War in the Classroom

International Perspectives on Textbooks and Memory Practices

Editors: Christophe, Barbara, Gautschi, Peter, Thorp, Robert (Eds.)

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  • Analyses how textbooks can influence or affect understanding of the Cold War
  • Discusses how history textbooks can help to reconstruct hegemonic discourses and offer insights into disputed issues
  • Addresses the dual identity of history teachers as members of a state elite and individuals with their own memories and loyalties
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This book explores how the socially disputed period of the Cold War is remembered in today’s history classroom. Applying a diverse set of methodological strategies, the authors map the dividing lines in and between memory cultures across the globe, paying special attention to the impact the crisis-driven age of our present has on images of the past. Authors analysing educational media point to ambivalence, vagueness and contradictions in textbook narratives understood to be echoes of societal and academic controversies. Others focus on teachers and the history classroom, showing how unresolved political issues create tensions in history education. They render visible how teachers struggle to handle these challenges by pretending that what they do is ‘just history’. The contributions to this book unveil how teachers, backgrounding the political inherent in all memory practices, often nourish the illusion that the history in which they are engaged is all about addressing the past with a reflexive and disciplined approach.

About the authors

Barbara Christophe is Senior Researcher at the Georg Eckert Institute, Germany and is Deputy Head of the Media Transformation department.
Peter Gautschi is the Head of the Lucerne Institute of History Education and Memory Cultures at the University of Teacher Education Lucerne, Switzerland.
Robert Thorp is Senior Lecturer of Education at Stockholm University, Sweden, and Lecturer of Education at The University of Newcastle in Australia.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Cold War in the Classroom International Perspectives on Textbooks and Memory Practices

    Pages 1-11

    Christophe, Barbara

  • Textbook Memories of the Cold War: Introduction to Part One

    Pages 15-22

    Christophe, Barbara

  • Manufacturing Coherence: How American Textbooks Incorporate Diverse Perspectives on the Origins of the Cold War

    Pages 23-49

    Fischer, Eva

  • Between Radical Shifts and Persistent Uncertainties: The Cold War in Russian History Textbooks

    Pages 51-74

    Khodnev, Alexander

  • The Emergence of a Multipolar World: Decentring the Cold War in Chinese History Textbooks

    Pages 75-105

    Dyson, Lisa

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-11999-7
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Hardcover $31.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-11998-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Cold War in the Classroom
Book Subtitle
International Perspectives on Textbooks and Memory Practices
Editors
  • Barbara Christophe
  • Peter Gautschi
  • Robert Thorp
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Educational Media
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-11999-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-11999-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-11998-0
Series ISSN
2662-7361
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXX, 459
Number of Illustrations
27 b/w illustrations
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