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Palgrave Handbook of Research in Historical Culture and Education

  • Mario Carretero
  • Stefan Berger
  • Maria Grever


  • A comprehensive guide to contemporary historical scholarship and its relation to public issues

  • Explores education, collective memory, heritage and different kinds of historical representations

  • Speaks to historians, educators, museum curators and cultural agents


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Mario Carretero, Stefan Berger, Maria Grever
    Pages 1-35
  3. Historical Culture: Conceptualizing the Public Uses of History

  4. The Appeal of the Nation in History Education of Postcolonial Societies

About this book


This volume comprises a broad interdisciplinary examination of the many different approaches by which contemporary scholars record our history. The editors provide a comprehensive overview through thirty-eight chapters divided into four parts: a) Historical  Culture and Public Uses of History; b) The Appeal of the Nation in History Education of Postcolonial Societies; c) Reflections on History Learning  and Teaching; d) Educational Resources: Curricula, Textbooks and New Media. This unique text integrates contributions of researchers from history, education, collective memory, museum studies, heritage, social and cognitive psychology, and other social sciences, stimulating an interdisciplinary dialogue. Contributors come from various countries of Northern and Southern America, Europe and Asia, providing an international perspective that does justice to the complexity of this field of study. The Palgrave Handbook of Research in Historical Culture and Education provides state-of-the-art research, focussing on how citizens and societies make sense of the past through different ways of representing it.


Historical Consciousness Historiography History Academic History Collective Memory teaching education students learning textbooks culture history

Editors and affiliations

  • Mario Carretero
    • 1
  • Stefan Berger
    • 2
  • Maria Grever
    • 3
  1. 1.Campus de CantoblancoAutónoma University of MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Ruhr Universitat BochumBochumGermany
  3. 3.Erasmus School of History, Culture and CommunicationErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

About the editors

Mario Carretero is Professor at Autonoma University of Madrid, Spain, where he was Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, and Researcher at FLACSO, Argentina. He has carried out an extensive research on history education. His last two books are History Education and the Construction of National Identities (2012) (co-ed.) and Constructing Patriotism (funded by the Guggenheim Foundation) (2011).

Stefan Berger is Director of the Institute for Social Movements at the Foundation Library of the Rhur University-Bochum, Germany. His research interests are modern and contemporary european history, especially of Germany and Britain, comparative labour history, nationalism and history of historiography. He has published The Contested Nation (2011) and Nationalizing the Past (2010).

Maria Grever is Professor of History and Theory and Director of the Center for Historical Culture at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She has published widely on canonization processes, historical culture, collective memory and identity, heritage and history education. Currently she leads the research program War! Popular Culture and European Heritage of Major Armed Conflicts (2015-2019).

Bibliographic information


“The editors are to be congratulated on providing scholars and students with an invaluable compendium of original and up-to-date materials on the theory and practice of history teaching from a huge range of diverse cultures. At a time of increasing pressure to nationalize history teaching, it is especially useful to have this uniquely international and interdisciplinary set of provocative analyses essential for much-needed comparative global perspectives.” (David Lowenthal, Cambridge University, UK)

“A rich and diverse collection of essays reflecting the state of the art in the unexplored field at crossroads between multiple disciplines, in particular cultural history, memory and heritage studies, and education understood in a wide sense, not at all limited to schools. A multinational approach offering innovative insights into history teaching and learning, and opening up the search for present and future developments of educational and general interest.” (Luisa Passerini, European University Institute, Florence, Italy)

“An indispensable volume for anyone who wants to understand the state of history teaching today.”  (Samuel Wineburg, Stanford University, USA)