The Historian's Contribution to Anglo-American Misunderstanding: Report of a Committee on National Bias in Anglo-American History Text Books, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Historian's Contribution to Anglo-American Misunderstanding

Report of a Committee on National Bias in Anglo-American History Text Books, 1st Edition

Edited by Ray Allen Billington

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132 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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This book examines text books used in English and American schools and determines the way in which national bias has been instilled into school children by the use of history books. This study reveals that the deliberate distortion common a generation ago has disappeared, but has been displaced by a more subtle form of bias that is more dangerous because it is less easily recognised. It deals in particular with the treatment of the American War of Indepdendence, the War of 1812 and World War I. The report contains positive suggestions to authors and publishers designed to eliminate all bias and to help them achieve historical objectivity.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Forms of National Bias 1. The Nature of Modern Nationalistic Bias 2. The Forms of Nationalistic Bias Part 2: English and American Secondary Education 1. The Secondary Schools of England and Wales 2. The Secondary Schools of the United States 3. The Teacher in British and American Secondary Education 4. The Teaching of History in British Secondary Schools 5. The Teaching of History in American Secondary Schools 6. The Purposes of English and American History Teaching Part 3: The American Revolution 1. American Junior High School Textbooks 2. American High School Textbooks 3. British Secondary School Textbooks Part 4: The War of 1812 1. American Junior High School Textbooks 2. American High School Textbooks 3. British Secondary School Textbooks Part 5. The First World War 1914-1918 1. 1812 1. American Junior High School Textbooks 2. American High School Textbooks 3. British Secondary School Textbooks Part 6: Findings and Recommendations 1. Summary of Findings 2. Suggestions to Textbook Writers and Publishers

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS016000
HISTORY / Historiography