EurViews. Europe in textbooks

The multilingual editorial project EurViews ( aims to collect concepts of Europe and Europeanness conveyed in history textbooks from all over the world of the 20th and 21st centuries, to critically edit them, and to render them accessible to an international public. EurViews employs a historical and systematic approach and seeks to unveil the plurality and changeability of concepts of Europe, sensitising its readers to the variability of and rivalry between different memory cultures.

An international team of authors is compiling a comprehensive selection of texts, maps and illustrations that will be freely accessible to researchers in three languages: alongside the original language, in German and English translation.

Historical and contemporary textbook sources from all European and many non-European countries are being incorporated, furnished with commentaries and contextualised. The result is an internet platform with a modular structure that can be extended when and as required, and which provides a wealth of different research landscapes with a unique stock of source material that has been difficult to access up until now. Above all, the project allows for diachronic and synchronic comparative analyses on shifts in state-defined representations of Europe in the 20th and 21st centuries, while at the same time raising questions concerning transnational trends and transfer processes across national boundaries.

In ongoing and completed research projects, modules have been developed with funding from the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and the TU Braunschweig.

Thanks to the steadily growing circle of authors and partners, we have now begun analysing sources from new countries and adding commentaries and essays to provide deeper context. The Georg Eckert Institute thus seeks to emphasise the applied nature of its research as well as its unique position as an academic centre in the network of scholars researching textbooks and other educational media. Such a comprehensive and ambitious project would not be possible without our internationally far-reaching, long-standing and stable cooperative partnerships.

The collection of source material from 25 countries went online on 1 July 2014. The following phases of the project will require contributions from other scholars, as well as suggestions as to how we can optimise our steadily growing internet edition. Should you be interested in working with us or if you would like to write a commentary on a module currently available, please contact a member of the project team.


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