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Negotiating Norden: Nordic historians revising history textbooks, 1920–1970
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (History and Education)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4500-5502
2017 (English)In: Making Nordic historiography: connections, tensions and methodology, 1850 - 1970 / [ed] Pertti Haapala, Marja Jalava and Simon Larsson, New York: Berghahn Books, 2017, p. 235-255Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Starting in 1919 the inter-Nordic Norden Associations of Denmark, Norway and Sweden started a textbook revision which became mutual in the 1930s, when also Icelandic and Finnish associations had formed. This chapter examines the historiographical implications of this textbook revision where historians from the different countries in a mutual manner examined textbooks both in order to create a common Nordic history for schools, and in order to defend the national history of each nation from perceived misinterpretations in the other Nordic countries' history textbooks. The chapter suggests that the entire project was imbued with methodological nationalism in that it was nationally organised, but also in the recruitment of specific historians, unwilling to abandon, what they perceived as, the natural primacy of national history.

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New York: Berghahn Books, 2017. p. 235-255
Series
Making sense of history ; 32
Keywords [en]
Norden Associations, textbooks, textbook revision, nationalism, historical culture
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History Educational Sciences
Research subject
history of education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-139078ISBN: 978-1-78533-626-3 (print)ISBN: 978-1-78533-627-0 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-139078DiVA, id: diva2:1139129
Available from: 2017-09-06 Created: 2017-09-06 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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