History teaches us

To the English intelligence’, reported the London correspondent of the Argus in 1934, ‘it seems strange that a change of Government should mean the eclipse of one form of history teaching and the rise of another’. The article goes on to describe the efforts of Dr Frick, the German minister, to promulgate ‘guiding ideas’ for schools’ history, built around the story of the German ‘race’ from the Ice Age to modern times. Compare and contrast with Margaret Macmillan on ‘history wars’ in a number of countries and the Institute of Public Affairs on ‘Western civilisation‘. Further resources with plenty of links.

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