Imperial values in the teaching of history II
The English ‘race’
in Citizenship, Nation, Empire
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This chapter examines representations of race in historical education, in particular demonstrating how Herbartian notions of ‘race recapitulation’ influenced the teaching of other races. The chapter contrasts the differences in how ‘others’ were represented in textbooks for older children and reading books for the young, and provides a case study of how slavery was taught. The chapter begins, however, with analysis of how the teaching of English history was used to teach national development: children were intended to draw moral lessons from the comparisons of modern England and the England of past historical moments. In addition to representing racial differences, stories in reading books also focused on lessons in racial assimilation. In doing so, this chapter contributes to scholarship on questions about the relationship between empire and the construction of English and British national identities.

Citizenship, Nation, Empire

The Politics of History Teaching in England, 1870–1930


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