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Negotiating Ethnic Diversity and National Identity in History Education

International and Comparative Perspectives

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  • Enriches understanding of how the issue of diversity is tackled in different countries
  • Explores ways to prevent and pre-empt conflicts and exclusion through history education
  • Stimulates debate on the uncritical use of history education for national cohesion

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This edited book explores the problems and challenges of negotiating the representation of ethnic minorities within history education. It investigates how states balance the (non-)acknowledgement of the reality of cultural or religious diversity, and the promotion of a point of convergence in history education to foster national identity. Shifting our attention away from the intractable challenges posed by post-conflict countries for reconciliation, the contributors draw attention to the need to explore ways to prevent or pre-empt conflicts and exclusion through history education, which could contribute to developing a more sustainable culture of peace. Drawing on a wide range of contexts and sources, this book asks how history education could contribute to forming critical, historically informed, and committed young citizens. The book will be of interest to students and academics working on themes such as nationalism, citizenship, ethnicity, history education, multicultural education, peace studies and area studies, as well as practitioners in the fields of history, social studies, civic or citizenship.

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • IKMAS, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia

    Helen Mu Hung Ting

  • Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Sapienza University of Rome, Roma, Italy

    Luigi Cajani

About the editors

Helen Ting Mu Hung is Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, National University of Malaysia (UKM). Besides history education, her other research interests include national integration, multiculturalism, nationalism, gender and politics, identity and agency, and the politics of national identity.

Luigi Cajani is a retired Professor of Early Modern History at the Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. He was formerly president (2012–2018) of the International Research Association for History and Social Sciences Education and is currently an associated scholar at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Germany.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Negotiating Ethnic Diversity and National Identity in History Education

  • Book Subtitle: International and Comparative Perspectives

  • Editors: Helen Mu Hung Ting, Luigi Cajani

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-12534-8Published: 27 May 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-12537-9Published: 27 May 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-12535-5Published: 26 May 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 323

  • Topics: International and Comparative Education, History of Education, Educational Policy and Politics

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