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Book edited by Prof. Christina Koulouri,
Published by CDRSEE, Thessaloniki, 2002
- Preface by Costa Carras, JHP rapporteur
(pdf 185 kb)
- Introduction: The Tyranny of History by Christina Koulouri, chair of the HEC Democritus University of Thrace
(pdf 694 kb)
- History Textbooks and the Creation of National Identity by Dubravka Stojanovic, vice-chair of the HEC University of Belgrade
(pdf 451 kb)
- The Culture of Dialogue by Neven Budak, University of Zagreb
(pdf 282 kb)
- The Persistance of Ethnocentric School History by Thalia Dragonas and Anna Frangoudaki, University of Athens
(pdf 535 kb)
- The History of Albanians and their Neighbors in Albanian Textbooks by Valentina Duka, University of Tirana
(pdf 182 kb)
- The Reflection of Balkan History in the Bulgarian School Textbooks by Alexei Kalionski, University of Sofia
(pdf 493 kb)
- Workshops for the Future by Vera Katz, Institute of History, Sarajevo
(pdf 601 kb)
- History Textbooks and Nationalism by Niyazi Kizilyurek, University of Cyprus
(pdf 461 kb)
- Boring History, Bored Pupils: The Role of History Teachers by Snjezana Koren, Osnovna skola Eugena Kumicica,
Velika Gorica, Croatia
(pdf 448 kb)
- Suggestions for the Teaching of a Non-Conflictual History by Mirela-Luminita Murgescu, University of Bucharest
(pdf 680 kb)
- The Situation Regarding History Textbooks in SEE by Bozo Repe, University of Ljubljana
(pdf 727 kb)
- Beyond National Narratives. The Role of History Textbooks by Hanna Schissler, Georg Eckert Institute for Internaional
Textbook Research, Braunschweig
- General Problems in the History Textbooks of Balkans by Emilija Simoska, Institute for Sociological, Political and legal Research,Center for Ethnic Relations, Skopje
(pdf 404 kb)
Christina Koulouri (ed.), Clio in the Balkans.
The Politics of History Education, CDRSEE, Thessaloniki 2002, 550 p.
Clio in the Balkans - the complete book, pdf file, 10 Mb
- Preface by Costa Carras (pdf file, 14 Kb)
- Intruduction by Christina Koulouri (pdf file, 108 Kb)
- Review published in "Fundament" magazine, Macedonian languge, November 21st 2003
- Book Review by Dr. Kofos Evangelos
This book includes a selection of papers delivered from December 1999 to December 2000 at seven workshops held by the History Education Committee of the CDRSEE under the title "Teaching sensitive and controversial issues in the history of South-East Europe". 48 authors from all SEE countries and Western Europe are the contributors of this volume.
Specifically, this edition comprises four kinds of texts: (a) general information on educational systems in the Balkan countries, the system of textbook authorisation and production and the position of history in the syllabus -teaching hours, the subject matter taught in each grade, the proportions of national, Balkan, European and international history, the subject's compulsory or optional status (Appendix); (b) papers analysing history textbooks on the basis of a standard questionnaire for each workshop, or presenting other aspects of national historiography, identity formation and the role of education; (c) reports on each workshop, with the discussions and conclusions arrived at by the participants, and (d) responses to specific questions in the questionnaires, from a comparative viewpoint (i.e. answers given to the same question in different countries).
The first chapter, "Common Past, Shared History", refers to these common pasts which can form the basis of a shared history, namely the two Balkan empires, Byzantine and Ottoman, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Former Yugoslavia. Although the common Yugoslavian history was replaced after 1990 by rival ethnocentric histories, former Yugoslavia is a common past for the states created after its disintegration.
The second chapter, "National and Religious Identities Co-existing or Conflicting?", investigates firstly the example of Macedonia as an issue of division for the national histories of the countries which include (or used to include) some part of it. Secondly, the papers on religious identities become doubly topical as they deal with issues of correlating religious differences with ethnic conflicts and religious education with tolerance.
The third chapter, "The Past in the Mirror of the Present", deals with the two issues in SE Europe which remain open, at least at the time this publication was in print. Firstly the case of Cyprus where the division of the island translates into a deep rupture in historical narrative. Secondly, the case of Albania and Albanian populations outside the national state. Both cases are related to recent traumatic memories - war, death, refugees.