War in Textbooks

  • Sylvie Guichard


This chapter explores how scholars of the last two decades have addressed the question of the representation of wars in history textbooks. It examines the types of studies conducted, their methods, and their theoretical backgrounds. Most analyses reviewed envision history textbooks as bearers of national narratives and examine the role of war in this narrative, that is, how the representation of war has changed over time, how the image of a certain war varies from one country to another, and how these ‘war stories’ are contested nationally and internationally. However, there are spatial and temporal limitations to current research: the majority of studies focus on textbooks from European countries, the United States, Japan, and Israel, and they almost exclusively address twentieth-century wars.


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  • Sylvie Guichard
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  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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