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

Edited By

Daniel Tröhler

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ISBN 9781032307589
April 7, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

1. Education and the Nation: Educational Knowledge in the Dominant Theories of Nationalism  2. "The divine fire... burns within them." National Davids and Goliaths in Swiss, Danish, and Scottish School Lessons  3. Nation building by education statistics and data. A comparative perspective on school surveys in Switzerland, France, and Scotland  4. After the final end of the great empire: Imposing and inventing the nation as the fundament of the modern State in Interwar Austria and "Slovene Yugoslavia"  5. Sharing nationalism through public education in Latin America: An overview of early-twentieth-century Argentina and Mexico  6. Korean ethnic nationalism and modern education: Christianity and political ideologies in shaping one nation and two States  7. Nation-Building and curriculum in Canada  8. Primers as a nation’s self-portrait. The case of Latvia and Lithuania in the 1920s and 1930s  9. Literacies of childhood and nation in the Anthropocene: Insights from (Post)Soviet early literacy textbooks  10. Reform histories and changing educational conceptions of the nation and nationalism in Norwegian and Swedish curricula (1900–2020)  11. Concluding chapter: Education, nationalism and internationalism: gap-filling and gap-creating

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