The Postwar Schoolbook as a Material Artifact

Two Greek Reading Textbooks from 1944

in Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society
Author: Niki Sioki 1
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  • 1 University of Nicosia in Cyprus
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In contrast to the countries of Western Europe, the end of the Second World War did not bring political restoration, economic recovery, or the emergence of a new social order to Greece. Subscribing to the view that the material form of books and their typography convey meaning, this article presents a comparative study of the design and production of a reading primer and a third-year reading textbook, both of which were published in a climate of political and social disorder. Drawing on surviving copies of the books, educational laws, teachers’ recollections, and archival material, this article examines the ways in which the sociopolitical environment and technological conditions of a publication affect the ways in which texts are shaped into book form.


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