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ERIC Number: EJ1081897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0030-9230
The Norden Associations and International Efforts to Change History Education, 1919-1970: International Organisations, Education, and Hegemonic Nationalism
Elmersjö, Henrik Åström
Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, v51 n6 p727-743 2015
During the interwar period, a number of organisations started to look into education as part of an attempt to understand how nationalism was fuelled through education and to what extent it had forced the outbreak of the Great War. In response to nationalism and a perceived need for reformation of national narratives, the school subjects of history and geography became the primary suspects as advocates of chauvinism and militarism. In 1919, associations for the promotion of understanding and cooperation between the Scandinavian countries--Norden Associations ["föreningarna Norden"]--began investigating history textbooks. This revision of textbooks was expanded in the 1930s to explore, assess, and develop the entire teaching of history in the Nordic countries. The Norden Associations converged on many levels with the disparate international movements for educational change. This article presents the Norden Associations as part of a process of hegemonic isomorphism in which cultural hegemony set the institutional boundaries within which the organisations could work in order to attain legitimacy. The article demonstrates how an organisation with a specific political agenda, and with only limited international objectives came to be--not only a part of--but, to some extent, an organisational role model for loftier efforts aimed at global and cosmopolitan history teachings.
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Language: English
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