Reimagining communities: opening up history to the memory of others

Durand, Jean-Louis and Kaempf, Sebastian (2014) Reimagining communities: opening up history to the memory of others. Millennium - Journal of International Studies, 42 2: 331-353. doi:10.1177/0305829813512011

Author Durand, Jean-Louis
Kaempf, Sebastian
Title Reimagining communities: opening up history to the memory of others
Journal name Millennium - Journal of International Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-8298
Publication date 2014-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0305829813512011
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 42
Issue 2
Start page 331
End page 353
Total pages 23
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
There comes a time when transmitting the history of a national past fails the context of the political present. France and Germany have shared tortuous historical experiences, yet the two are at the forefront of an unprecedented pedagogical development: for the first time ever, two nation-states have created a common history textbook that is used in their senior secondary schools. As such, each country, to borrow Ernst Gellner’s formula, has abandoned – qua this textbook – its monopoly of legitimate education. Histoire/Geschichte detaches history from its exclusive national past and introduces the learners to a post-national present. It speaks in a tone that is demanded by a different time and by the new conditions of peoples who are living in a common political space. This article reflects on the meaning and reach of this precedent by first analysing the explicit political and pedagogical explanations inherent to the book. It then identifies and investigates some of the less evident effects of the textbook relating to rethinking war and history, rethinking the monopoly of education, rethinking national identity, and to offering another path to rapprochement.
Keyword France
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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