Religion in the National Historical Narrative of the Early Modern Times in Contemporary Ukrainian Schooling

in Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society
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Tetiana Shevchenko Research Institute of Ukrainian Studies, and St. Thomas Aquinas Institute of Religious Studies

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This article deals with religious discourse in modern history school textbooks in Ukraine that cover early modern times in Ukrainian history. It analyzes the place of religious discourse within national discourse, the correlation between local Ukrainian religious and more general discourse, and the representation of the relationships between Christian churches. Further, it defines a methodological approach and assesses the accuracy of facts presented in textbooks as well as the interpretation of religious life, normative language, and denominational labeling. It demonstrates the discrepancy between the achievements of academic historiography and school history, including the isolated and exclusive nature of history discourse in Ukrainian schools today.

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