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The Cold War in the Classroom

International Perspectives on Textbooks and Memory Practices

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Analyses how textbooks can influence or affect understanding of the Cold War

  • Discusses how history textbooks can help to reconstruct hegemonic discourses and offer insights into disputed issues

  • Addresses the dual identity of history teachers as members of a state elite and individuals with their own memories and loyalties

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Educational Media (PSEM)

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxx
  2. Teachers’ Memories

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 249-249
    2. Teachers’ Memories and the Cold War: Introduction to Part II

      • Robert Thorp, Barbara Christophe
      Pages 251-257Open Access
    3. Ambivalence and the Illusion of Hegemony

      • Barbara Christophe
      Pages 259-287Open Access
  3. Memory Practices in the Classroom

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 345-345
    2. Introduction to Part Three: Memory Practices in the Classroom

      • Peter Gautschi, Barbara Christophe, Robert Thorp
      Pages 347-359Open Access

About this book

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This book explores how the socially disputed period of the Cold War is remembered in today’s history classroom. Applying a diverse set of methodological strategies, the authors map the dividing lines in and between memory cultures across the globe, paying special attention to the impact the crisis-driven age of our present has on images of the past. Authors analysing educational media point to ambivalence, vagueness and contradictions in textbook narratives understood to be echoes of societal and academic controversies. Others focus on teachers and the history classroom, showing how unresolved political issues create tensions in history education. They render visible how teachers struggle to handle these challenges by pretending that what they do is ‘just history’. The contributions to this book unveil how teachers, backgrounding the political inherent in all memory practices, often nourish the illusion that the history in which they are engaged is all about addressing the past with a reflexive and disciplined approach.


  • Cold War in the Classroom
  • Educational Media and the Cold War
  • The Cold War in Memory
  • Teaching History
  • Teaching the Cold War

Editors and Affiliations

  • Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Member of the Leibniz Association, Brunswick, Germany

    Barbara Christophe

  • Institute for History Education and Memory Cultures, University of Teacher Education Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland

    Peter Gautschi

  • University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

    Robert Thorp

About the editors

Barbara Christophe is Senior Researcher at the Georg Eckert Institute, Germany and is Deputy Head of the Media Transformation department.

Peter Gautschi is the Head of the Lucerne Institute of History Education and Memory Cultures at the University of Teacher Education Lucerne, Switzerland.

Robert Thorp is Senior Lecturer of Education at Stockholm University, Sweden, and Lecturer of Education at The University of Newcastle in Australia.

Bibliographic Information

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