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Teaching the Violent Past


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Chapter 1 Introduction: History Education and Sociopolitical Reconciliation Part 2 Part I: As Generations Pass: The Challenges of Long-Term Reconciliation in History Textbooks Chapter 3 Chapter One: The Trajectory of Reconciliation through History Education in Post-Unification Germany Chapter 4 Chapter Two: Teaching the Pacific War in Japanese Secondary Schools Chapter 5 Chapter Three: Canadian History Textbooks and the Portrayal of Canada's First Nations Part 6 Part II: Reconciliation in Process Chapter 7 Chapter Four: History Teaching and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland Chapter 8 Chapter Five: The Civil War and Franco Dictatorship in Spanish Secondary School History Textbooks Chapter 9 Chapter Six: Education and the Politics of History in Guatemala: Integrating "Memory of Silence" into the Curriculum? Part 10 Part III: Reconciliation Jeopardized, Undone or Not Yet Attained: Aspirational and Counter-Reconciliatory Cases Chapter 11 Chapter Seven: Secondary School History Texts: the Case of Russia Chapter 12 Chapter Eight: From Confrontation to Cooperation in the Two Koreas: The Role of History Education in Promoting Reconciliation Chapter 13 Chapter Nine: History Education and Reconciliation Issues In Contemporary India and Pakistan Chapter 14 Afterword

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Elizabeth Cole is Assistant Director, TeachAsia, in the Education Division of Asia Society in New York City. She was Senior Program Officer at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs from 2000-2005.


Can high school history texts "facilitate nonviolent coexistence among people divided by the memory of pain and death"? These case studies from ten countries are rich in hopeful, cautious, mixed answers. High school history teachers should take courage from this book, for theirs is a mission not often publicly celebrated: their part in the healing of the wounds in our body politic. No country should boast that it has no such wounds. -- Donald W. Shriver, Jr., President Emeritus, Union Theological Seminary, and author of Honest Patriots: Loving A Country Enough to Remember Its Misdeeds
This outstanding new book provides the kind of concrete empirical detail so lacking in studies of political ethics. The authors reveal the role of history education as a means of supporting reconciliation and, importantly, undermining it. Cole's introductory essay locates the project in the multiple discourses to which this book will contribute, giving the volume conceptual and analytical coherence. Anyone interested in reconciliation, conflict resolution, and the relationship of politics to history education should own this book. -- Anthony F. Lang Jr., University of St. Andrews
For anyone interested in transitional justice, national reconstruction after mass violence, or multicultural politics, Teaching the Violent Past is a source of insight and wisdom, grounded in compelling case studies of the struggles over teaching history in Germany, Japan, Canada, Spain, Northern Ireland, and Guatemala. It includes probing chapters examining ongoing debates over how Russia, North and South Korea, India and Pakistan should teach their young about the past so that neither national pride nor psychic wounds ends up fueling new violent conflicts. This book offers vital examples of efforts to engage students in critical confrontations with the complexity of the past. -- Martha Minow, Harvard Law School and author of Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence
History educators, teacher educators, curriculum designers, textbook writers, and scholars of conflict and peace studies will benefit from these nine scholarly articles....Recommended. * CHOICE, July 2008 *
Cole provides an indispensable set of readings for anyone interested in learning how teaching history in the schools relates to healing after violence. Through their gathered chapters, the authors show how any nation's future relates to what the next generation learns about its past. Cole's collection offers a powerful synthesis of multi-national points of view, which, taken together, show how schools can reshape collective national identities and influence reconciliation. -- Sarah Freedman, University of California at Berkeley

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