1st Edition

Education, Curriculum and Nation-Building Contributions of Comparative Education to the Understanding of Nations and Nationalism

Edited By Daniel Tröhler Copyright 2023
    288 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Contributing to interdisciplinary discussions on nationalism, the book explores how educational systems and practices contribute to the phenomena of nationalism and nation-building.

    Using nine comparative case studies from four continents, the book elaborates a theoretical understanding of nationalism from the perspectives of comparative education research. It integrates the theme of nation, nation-building and nationalism and its involvement with issues of education. It explores the theoretical scope of concepts such as national identities, national literacies, or "doing" nation. The book revives the idea that nation should be the starting point of comparative research and contributes to the theoretically reflective integration of nationalism research into education research.

    This timely book will be highly relevant for researchers, academics, and postgraduate students in the fields of comparative education, international education, education policy, and curriculum studies.

      Introduction: Understanding nationalism through the lens of education Daniel Tröhler  1. Education and the nation: Educational knowledge in the dominant theories of nationalism Daniel Tröhler and Veronika Maricic  2. "The divine fire... burns within them." National Davids and Goliaths in Swiss, Danish, and Scottish school lessons Nicole Gotling, Veronika Maricic, and Lukas Boser Hofmann  3. Nation-building by education statistics and data: A comparative perspective on school surveys in Switzerland, France, and Scotland Rebekka Horlacher, Sébastien A. Alix, and Lukas Boser Hofmann  4. Education and nationalism after empire: Imposing and inventing the nation as the fundament of the modern state in interwar Austria and "Slovene Yugoslavia" Florian Gimpl and Jernej Kosi  5. Sharing nationalism through public education in Latin America: An overview of early-twentieth-century Argentina and Mexico Howard Prosser, Jason Beech, and Alonso Casanueva Baptista  6. Korean ethnic nationalism and modern education: Christianity and political ideologies in shaping one nation and two states Terri Kim  7. Nation-building and curriculum in Canada Jennifer Wallner and Stéphanie Chouinard  8. Primers as a nation’s self-portrait: The case of Latvia and Lithuania in the 1920s and 1930s Iveta Kestere and Irena Stonkuviene  9. Literacies of childhood and nation in the Anthropocene: Insights from (post) Soviet early literacy textbooks Dilraba Anayatova, Ketevan Chachkhiani, Setrag Hovsepian, Iveta Silova, and Keti Tsotniashvili  10. Reform histories and changing educational conceptions of the nation and nationalism in Norwegian and Swedish curricula (1900–2020) Kirsten Sivesind and Magnus Hultén  11. Concluding chapter: Education, nationalism, and internationalism: gap-filling and gap-creating Michael Billig


      Daniel Tröhler is Professor of Foundations of Education, University of Vienna, Austria.