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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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History in war and peace

History in war and peace

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(p.147) Chapter Six History in war and peace
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Citizenship, Nation, Empire
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Peter Yeandle

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719080128.003.0006

This chapter examines changing attitudes to the teaching of history after the First World War. In particular, it analyses how debates about the content and method of history education reflected interwar concerns about militarism and the effects of extreme nationalism. To some extent, these concerns were reflected in the changing content of textbooks. The chapter argues, however, that the 1920s witnessed not only the continuation of the Herbartian method in texts for young children but the uptake of key Herbartian principles by those writing textbooks. The teaching of patriotic imperial values remained important, but patriotism itself underwent a revaluation in the 1920s which was reflected in debates about how to teach imperial history. The chapter also includes analysis of the British response to League of Nations recommendations to use history as a site for peace education and international understanding.

Keywords:   First World War, League of Nations, militarism, patriotism, peace education

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