TITLE

The Politics of Rewriting History: New History Textbooks and Curriculum Materials in Russia

AUTHOR(S)
Zajda, Joseph; Zajda, Rea
PUB. DATE
July 2003
SOURCE
International Review of Education / Internationale Zeitschrift f;Jul2003, Vol. 49 Issue 3/4, p363
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The collapse of communism in Russia in 1991 necessitated, among other things, the rewriting of school history textbooks, which had been dominated by Marxist-Leninist interpretations of historical events. The aim of this article is to evaluate the new postcommunist history taught in upper secondary schools, giving particular attention to how the models for Russian identity presented in the new textbooks redefine legitimate culture for students. Attention will also be given to the multiple perspectives on history that textbooks and other curriculum materials emphasize; these new methods contrast with the grand narrative that dominated the study of history before 1991.
ACCESSION #
10838585

 

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