Nationhood and Politicization of History in School Textbooks

Identity, the Curriculum and Educational Media

  • Gorana Ognjenović
  • Jasna Jozelić

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Gorana Ognjenović, Jasna Jozelić
    Pages 9-16
  3. Saša Knežević, Nebojša Čagorović
    Pages 43-60
  4. Marko Šuica, Ana Radaković, Slobodan Rudić
    Pages 127-154
  5. Gorana Ognjenović, Jasna Jozelić
    Pages 277-278
  6. Sabine Rutar
    Pages 279-285
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 287-292

About this book


"This book offers a comprehensive and thoroughly researched analysis of politicization of history in school textbooks in South-East Europe. It successfully combines primary empirical research with valuable theoretical insights and in this way provides a unique comparative look at new states that have emerged after the break-up of  the Yugoslav federation."
Siniša Malešević, University College Dublin, Ireland

"This book is not only necessary readings for student in South East Europe after the break-up of Yugoslav federation, it also offers important insights about the rise of populism and nationalism in various parts of the world. Anyone who is interested in countries that are perpetually in a state of  “frozen conflict” can learn much about the cultural and social mechanisms behind conflict, and develop pro-active methods of protecting human rights by reading this insightful and thoroughly researched book."
Idil Eser, Former General Secretary of AI Turkey
This book explores how school history textbooks are used to perpetuate nationalistic policies within divided regions. Exploring the ‘divide and rule’ politics across ex-Yugoslav successor states, the editors and contributors draw upon a wide range of case studies from across the region. Textbooks and other educational media provide the foundations upon which the new generation build understanding about their own context and the events that are creating their present. By promoting nationalistic politics in such media, textbooks themselves can be used as tools to further promote and preserve ongoing hostility between ethnic groups following periods of conflict. This edited collection will appeal to scholars of educational media, history education and post-conflict societies.  

Gorana Ognjenović is Research Fellow at the University of Oslo, Norway. 

Jasna Jozelić is a PhD candidate at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Norway. ​


Education and politicization Nationalism History and education Textbooks Education and transition Education in south-eastern Europe Post-conflict education

Editors and affiliations

  • Gorana Ognjenović
    • 1
  • Jasna Jozelić
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Norwegian Centre for Human RightsOsloNorway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-38120-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-38121-9
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