• Lars Müller


Recent years have brought increased interest in issues around representations of colonialism. This chapter provides an overview of textbook analyses on this subject published in the last two decades, to the end of identifying trends and pinpointing gaps in the research. Extant studies approach textbooks from perspectives relating to the Self and the Other or to memory studies or via the concept of knowledge. Many of them focus on European colonialism of the nineteenth century, with history textbooks predominating as objects of analysis. I will argue that there is a need to overcome these specific preoccupations and carry out a greater number of systematically proceeding comparative studies. Further approaches with potential for future research include taking the visual elements of textbooks into consideration in analysis and conducting comparative analyses of textbooks and other media.


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  • Lars Müller
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  1. 1.Institute of History, Technische Universität BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany

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