“The Community is Everything, The Individual is Nothing”

The Second World War in Russian History Education

in Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society
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  • 1 Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw and Poznan, Poland and Lecturer, Collegium da Vinci in Poznan, Poland moskwadagmara@gmail.com
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Abstract

This article reconstructs the historical narrative of the Second World War in Russian middle school textbooks published after the year 2000. The author shows how textbook narratives are linked with official Russian politics of history, which aim to “manage” the memory of the war and contribute toward the standardization of Russian history teaching. Additional empirical material from interviews conducted with middle school history teachers in Moscow shows how perceptions of the teaching community impinge on ways in which knowledge about the Second World War is imparted, revealing the extent to which Russian politics of history are socially ineffective.

Contributor Notes

Dagmara Moskwa is an adjunct at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw and Poznan, and a lecturer at the Collegium da Vinci in Poznan. Email: moskwadagmara@gmail.com

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