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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2018 3:41 p.m. PST

… Germany, and the United States

"This essay is drawn from a book I co-edited with Mark Selden that examines and compares controversies over textbook depictions of recent wars in Japan, Germany, and the United States, called Censoring History, just out from M.E. Sharpe. The content of Japanese textbooks is perennially controversial, but there is little direct comparison to textbooks in other places, so we wanted to look at this issue comparatively. We asked: what can we learn about nationalism, citizenship, and history, through attention to debates over textbooks, and specifically about debates on textbook coverage of WWII?

Schools and textbooks are one of the important ways that contemporary societies transmit ideas of citizenship, and both the idealized past and the promised future of the community. They tell us who is part of the important shared story and who isn't -- and which aspects of their life experiences are central to the national experience and which are not. Textbooks in most societies present an "official" story, highlighting narratives that shape contemporary patriotism.

We focus on two inter-related themes of nationalism that run through history lessons everywhere:…"
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hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2018 4:30 p.m. PST


Here's the book referred to: link


RudyNelson12 Jul 2018 7:20 a.m. PST

Every time a student has a dissenting opinion on the topic being taught, have them write an argumentative paper on the subject and present it in a formal setting to the class. Do not let them ramble on and babble a bunch of unsupportable points. This wastes too much class time.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2018 10:26 a.m. PST

Glad you find it interesting my friend!.


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