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Reflections on History Education

Easy and Difficult Histories

Ed Jonker

History education inevitably is a thing of the present. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries it has always answered to problems that were urgent at the time of discussion. This has mostly taken the form of explaining and thus smoothing over painful ruptures in the past. Although nowadays we generally acknowledge this contemporary character of history education, the professional ideal of doing proper, authentic history remains—a desire that is understandable, but compatible neither with epistemological standards nor with public expectations. While teaching instrumental history is not an option, history education cannot live on criticism and deconstruction alone, we need a reflexive presentism that self-consciously confronts the present day—“difficult“ rather than “easy“ histories.

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The Janus Face of Metaphor; A European Conceptual History of Internationalism; Language, Time, and Revolution in the Iberian Atlantic

Hannes Bajohr, Martin Kristoffer Hamre, and Francisco A. Ortega

transformations caused by the experience of modernity in the Iberian Atlantic, and a sustained reflection on the political importance of professional history in contemporary democratic societies. Its publication is a timely contribution to the consolidation of a

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Embodied Agency

Creating Room for Maneuver through Dance in Palestine

Sara Christophersen

research. My position as a professional dance artist with a long personal and professional history in Palestine has situated me uniquely in the research. On the other hand, my position as a white, Norwegian, middle-class woman has also created biases and

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The German Mountain Troops and Their Opponents, 1943 to the Present

Nathan Stoltzfus

Troops. Citing scholarship by the Bundeswehr's Research Office, despite meticulous new work on Mountain Troop crimes, 54 government reports screened out the growing preponderance of professional history along with hefty objections from Rome and Athens

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The Worth of the ‘While’

Time and Taxes in a Finnish Timebank

Matti Eräsaari

income. A series of specifications and clarifying examples illustrates that what is at issue is professional history or work-based identity: if a window-cleaning entrepreneur cuts his neighbor's hedge and later gets his car tires changed in return