'Compliance or contradiction'? Teaching 'History' in the 'New' Ukraine. A view from Ukraine's Eastern borderlands

Peter Rodgers

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Abstract

Whilst much academic rigour has been devoted to analysing the ‘contents’ of historical textbooks in Ukraine, this article examines the teacher's role in the ‘transfer’ of the state's message to schoolchildren. This article demonstrates that in Ukraine's eastern borderlands teachers are highly active in negotiating the new historical narrative. Teachers are found to subtly change the accent or focus away from the ‘nationalist’ stance towards Russia, as found in the school history textbooks, to a more tolerant stance which aims to promote rather than negate Ukraine's historical interactions with Russia. Thus, this simultaneously reinforces a particular ‘regional’ understanding of historical events.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-519
Number of pages17
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Volume59
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • historical textbooks
  • Ukraine
  • state
  • schoolchildren
  • eastern borderlands
  • teachers
  • new historical narrative
  • nationalist
  • Russia
  • tolerant stance

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