History Textbooks Supporting Enemy Images in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Pilvi Torsti, History Textbooks Supporting Enemy Images in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina. Journal of Curriculum Studies. Vol 39, No 1, February 2007

Title: History Textbooks Supporting Enemy Images in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina
Author: Torsti, Pilvi
Publisher: Journal of Curriculum Studies
Date: 2007-02
Language: en
Belongs to series: Vol 39, No 1
ISSN: 0022-0272
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/16016
Abstract: This study examines the national division of history teaching in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the war and post-war period. The process of division of schooling into three curricula (Bosnian Serb, Bosnian Croat, and Bosniak) is presented. Representations of other national groups are central in 8th-grade history textbooks used by the three national communities. 'The others', the members of other national groups of the country, are typically presented through enemy images. This study discusses the strength and influence of hetero-stereotypes of history textbooks and their consequences for reconciliation and reconstruction of a multicultural society.


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