Volume 141

Denise Bentrovato, Karina V. Korostelina, Martina Schulze (eds.): History Can Bite. History Education in Divided and Postwar Societies

Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2016. 314 p. ISBN 978-3-8471-0608, 40,00 €.

The volume provides critical insights into approaches adopted by curricula, textbooks and teachers around the world when teaching about the past in the wake of civil war and mass violence, discerning some of the key challenges and opportunities involved in such endeavors. The contributors discuss ways in which history teaching has acted as a political tool that has, at times, been guilty of exacerbating inter-group conflicts. It also highlights history teaching as an important component of reconciliation attempts, showcasing examples of curricular reform and textbook revision after conflict, and discussing how the contestations and difficulties surrounding such processes were addressed in different post-conflict societies.

The editors
Denise Bentrovato is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Pretoria and an associated researcher at the Georg
Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research.
Karina V. Korostelina is professor and director of the Program on History Memory and Conflict at George Mason University.
Martina Schulze is academic program coordinator at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research.

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