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(Re)Writing the Second World War: United States, Russian and German National History Textbooks in the Immediate Aftermath of 1989

  • Susan Santoli
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Abstract

History textbooks are uniquely placed to influence the way a nation views itself and others, particularly in nations where the past has been difficult and does not lend itself to uplifting narratives. The 1990s saw a series of events which dissolved many of the political creations of the Second World War, including the reunification of Germany and the dissolution of Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and the USSR. This chapter analyzes the treatment of the three major wartime conferences that did much to shape this world, held in Tehran, Yalta (Crimea), and Potsdam, in three textbooks: the German text Unsere Geschichte (Our History) (1991), the Russian text Noveishaie Istoriia (Newest or Modern History) (1994), and The American Pageant (1991).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of South AlabamaMobileUSA

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