Workshop: After the War - A New Beginning? A Comparative Examination of Reading Primers Published and Used in 1945 in Europe

The battle of Stalingrad is described in picture and text on the last page of this Ukrainian primer, published in 1945 in Moscow and Kiev: L.P. Depolovič: Bukvar. Kijv-Moskva: ‘Radjans’ka škola” 1945, p. 96. War is a topic in a considerable number of primers published in and around 1945 in Europe.

Reading primers are among the educational media that are of particular significance in times of emphatic political change. 70 years after the end of World War II the development, design, content and use of reading primers in European countries in 1945 will be addressed, from a comparative perspective, in a workshop scheduled for November 13-14, 2015 in Braunschweig (Germany).

The workshop is jointly organised by the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI), the Research Library for the History of Education (BBF) at the German Institute for International Educational Research (Berlin) and the Reading Primers Special Interest Group  (RP-SIG) of the “International Society for Historical and Systematic Research on Textbooks and Educational Media e.V.