ERIC Number: EJ725394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 5
Teaching about the Former Yugoslavia
Social Studies, v96 n3 p133 May-Jun 2005
Teaching students about the former Yugoslavia can be difficult--so much diversity, so much conflict, so much culture. Yet, teaching students about the country matters for two reasons: (1) because the former Yugoslavia is an essential part of understanding World War I and the reemergence of nationalism in a postwar era, and (2) because a study of the topic involves many of the themes that the social studies field struggles to teach, such as genocide and nationalism. Furthermore, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Jews escaped persecution in Christian Europe by living under Ottoman (Muslim) rule. That often-overlooked event in history has some significant implications for the present Israeli conflict. After giving a brief summary of the region's history that includes implications for the Israeli conflict, the author explains how to use a study of the former Yugoslavia to understand the two social studies themes of genocide and nationalism. After each theme, the classroom activities are presented.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Class Activities, Social Studies, History Instruction, Death, Nationalism, War, Jews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Israel; Ottoman Empire; Yugoslavia