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HISTORY TEACHING IN BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA DURING THE CONFLICT AND POST-CONFLICT ERA
HISTORY TEACHING IN BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA DURING THE CONFLICT AND POST-CONFLICT ERA

Author(s): Adriana Cupcea
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Ovidius University Press
Keywords: history teaching, textbooks, Bosnia Herzegovina, politics, division, ethnicity, conflict, perception, myths, the Other.

Summary/Abstract: History textbooks and history teaching in Bosnia and Herzegovina are currently for professionals in history education a sensitive and challenging topic with political implications. The changes that took place here in the field of textbooks and school curricula were more aggressive, as well as the entire evolution of post-communist Yugoslavia. The reason lies precisely in the development of antagonistic relations between the new states formed following the dissolution of Yugoslavia. In my paper I will explore how the political and social crisis that errupted at these levels was transferred in the field of history teaching. The first part will analyse the political situation after the fall of the communism and the state of the education system during the conflict and post conflict era. The final part of the paper will be focused on the history textbooks analysis, underlying the different interpretations of history, the structure of the history textbooks, the perception of alterity and the main themes approached. In other words, the paper proposes an analytical framework that depicts the transfer of ethnic and political conflict at the history teaching level and determines his important role in fostering the ethnic identity and perception of the Other.

  • Issue Year: 10/2014
  • Issue No: 1+2
  • Page Range: 133-146
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English