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Myth, Identity, and Conflict : A Comparative Analysis of Romanian and Serbian Textbooks

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Myth, Identity, and Conflict: A Comparative Analysis of Romanian and Serbian Textbooks, by Anamaria Dutceac Segesten, is an examination of how history and politics became entangled in Romania and Serbia. Segesten's findings confirm the presence of mythologized versions of the past in the history textbooks of both countries over the entire fifteen-year period studied (1992-2007), despite claims for professionalization of textbook-making. Ultimately, Myth, Identity, and Conflict, by Anamaria Dutceac Segesten, questions the alleged power of history textbooks to make a difference in ethnically divided societies prone to conflicts.show more

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  • Hardback | 314 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739148656
  • 9780739148655

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This book disputes boldly the wide-spread view that history teaching in schools can have an impact on conflictual ethnic relations. Theories of national myths, constructions of identity, narratives and conflicts melt together with an impressive empirical material into an eloquent and accessible prose. This book is valuable reading for all those with an interest in the relationship between school education and the management of ethnic conflicts, as well as for those who are keen to learn more about the Balkans. -- Barbara Tornquist-Plewa, Lund University, Sweden How far have school history textbooks actually contributed to ethnic conflict in the Balkans-and how much can they condition reconciliation, democratization, or societal transformation? Anamaria Dutceac Segesten has written a fascinating comparison of Romanian and Serbian history textbooks that raises important questions for policy makers, funding organizations, educationalists and historians, not only with respect to the Balkans but in relation to Europe more generally. A real contribution to a fast-growing field. -- Wendy Bracewell, University College London A provocative and thoughtful book, based on an extensive empirical data collection, significantly adding to the theoretical connections between collective identity, political myths, education, and conflict. It makes a great contribution to the scholarly knowledge about a region of Europe known for its problematic relationship with a traumatic past. A superb scholarly achievement with real policy implications. -- Vladimir Tismaneanu, University of Maryland, author of Stalinism for All Seasons: A Political Historyshow more

About Anamaria Dutceac Segesten

Anamaria Dutceac Segesten is a postdoctoral fellow with the Centre for Modern European Studies at the University of Copenhagen.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Chapter One: The History Textbook in Context Chapter 4 Chapter Two: Education, Conflict, and Ethnic Identity Chapter 5 Chapter Three: Myth Chapter 6 Chapter Four: Romanian National Myths Chapter 7 Chapter Five: Serbian National Myths Chapter 8 Chapter Six: Common Myths to Serbia and Romania Chapter 9 Chapter Seven: Myths in Textbooks Chapter 10 Chapter Eight: Representation of the Self Chapter 11 Chapter Nine: Representation of the Other Chapter 12 Chapter Ten: Conclusion Chapter 13 Appendices Chapter 14 Bibliography Chapter 15 Indexshow more