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Citizenship, Nation, EmpireThe Politics of History Teaching in England, 1870-1930$
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Yeandle Peter

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719080128

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719080128.001.0001

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Imperial values in the teaching of history II

Imperial values in the teaching of history II

the English ‘race’

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(p.97) Chapter Four Imperial values in the teaching of history II
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Citizenship, Nation, Empire
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Peter Yeandle

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719080128.003.0004

This chapter examines representations of race in historical education, in particular demonstrating how Herbartian notions of ‘race recapitulation’ influenced the teaching of other races. The chapter contrasts the differences in how ‘others’ were represented in textbooks for older children and reading books for the young, and provides a case study of how slavery was taught. The chapter begins, however, with analysis of how the teaching of English history was used to teach national development: children were intended to draw moral lessons from the comparisons of modern England and the England of past historical moments. In addition to representing racial differences, stories in reading books also focused on lessons in racial assimilation. In doing so, this chapter contributes to scholarship on questions about the relationship between empire and the construction of English and British national identities.

Keywords:   Assimilation, Britishness, Englishness, National Identity, Race, Slavery

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