• Polina Verbytska


Verbytska considers the debate concerning history education and textbooks in the context of developments and changes in Ukrainian society in the years since independence. The debate focuses on a study, initiated in 2008 by the ‘Ukrainian Institute of National Memory’, into how textbooks address Ukrainian history. The study found that most textbooks stressed an ethnocentric vision of history, are dominated by political and military narratives, underscore the notion of cultural inferiority, colonial and oppressed social status, and did not correspond to the needs or standards of a modern, pluralistic state. These findings gave rise to considerable debate in the professional community. The imperative rests upon academics and history teachers to engage in open dialogue, thus supporting the long-term sustainability of democratic change in Ukrainian society.

Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Polina Verbytska
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  1. 1.Modern History and History DidacticsSapienza University of RomeRomaItaly

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