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ERIC Number: ED567087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
"Everybody Is Given a Chance, My Boy... Everybody Who Is Willing to Work for Socialism": An Overview of English Textbooks in the Postwar Period in Hungary
Dózsa, Zsolt
Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (10th, Kyustendil, Bulgaria, Jun 12-15, 2012)
The main aim of this paper is to provide an insight into English textbooks published in Hungary after 1945, when the newly formed political commission (Communists) took control over education. The intention is to show how the ideology and political climate of the age was reflected on their pages, i. e. how English textbooks were used for the purpose of the Communists' objectives and interests. For the purpose of this paper, there have been selected three textbooks, considered as the most representative. The first textbook is dated from 1953. This is the period of the greatest dictatorship under the regime of Rákosi, the period well-known as the period of the "Red Terror." The second and the third textbook represent the period after the Hungarian revolution in 1956. The former one was published in 1957 and the latter one in 1961. All three textbooks were intended primarily for the secondary school children (gymnasium) but were not used only to teach English language. The research has shown that all textbooks were imbued with the ideological ideas, strongly promoting the Soviet Union, socialism, community work and perfect Communist society. The author concludes that these kinds of sources can be very useful in recovering this turbulent period of Hungarian history. [For complete volume, see ED567040.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hungary