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En nordisk historia eller nationalism på ett nytt sätt?: Ömsesidig historieläroboksrevision i föreningarna Nordens regi, ca 1930-1965
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (History and Education)
2013 (Swedish)In: Uddannelseshistorie, ISSN 0900-226X, Vol. 47, 81-101 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores some conditions of interaction between different perspectives in the teaching of history in Scandinavian schools in the twentieth century. The study investigates how currents of international sentiment in the teachings of history were met in the national context; how national narratives interacted and changed, when questioned within the framework of education. The investigation is specifically focused on the revision of history textbooks conducted by the Norden Associations which was aimed at nourishing cooperation and a sense of unity among the Nordic peoples. The theoretical framework is inspired by the concepts of historical culture and national myths. History is contended to be negotiated within the framework of historical culture, and therefore rarely affected by criticism from the outside in a profound way. The article shows that discussions among historians within the textbook revision were imbued with political sentiment and that the Second World War, which has been said to have changed the conception of national history in Europe, may have had a big impact on some issues, but not on others. Changes in the conception of history within the revision can almost always be attributed to changes in the political dimension of historical culture, and not to changes within the academic discipline.

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Selskabet for skole- og uddannelseshistorie , 2013. Vol. 47, 81-101 p.
Keyword [en]
History, Education, Textbooks, Norden Association, Nationalism, Scandinavia, Twentieth Century, History of Education
Keyword [sv]
historia, utbildning, läroböcker, Föreningen Norden, nationalism, Norden, 1900-talet, utbildningshistoria
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History Educational Sciences
Research subject
history of education
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-82581OAI: diva2:697299
Available from: 2014-02-17 Created: 2013-11-05 Last updated: 2016-04-25Bibliographically approved

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