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Sjöberg, Erik (2011)
Publisher: Education Inquiry
Journal: Education Inquiry
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: history wars, textbook revision, textbook controversy, boundary-work
The conflict between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia over the name and historical heritage of Macedonia, which in the early 1990s erupted in a diplomatic and political crisis, can in part be analysed as a “history war”. In this article, the Macedonian conflict’s roots in and impact on debates concerning the contents of history education in Greece, at the time of the crisis, are examined, along with the conditions of textbook production against the backdrop of the political conditions which gave rise to revision. Using samples from Greek press and educational journals, professional and identity political interests are analysed as boundary-work, brought about by the need for various advocates of “national values” in history education to demarcate themselves from extreme nationalism, in the name of science and patriotic duty.Keywords: history wars, textbook revision, textbook controversy, boundary-work(Published: 1 March 2011)Citation: Education Inquiry Vol. 2, No. 1, March 2011, pp.93–107
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