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The Use and Abuse of History, Or, How the Past Is Taught

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A pioneer in its field that has become a key text of contemporary historiography, this is a book that poses fundamental and disturbing questions about the use and abuse of history. Engaging and challenging, it confronts us with the many 'histories' that exist and have existed around the world, from the Zulu kingdoms to Communist China.

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Hardcover, 257 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Routledge & Kegan Paul Books
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What are schoolchildren from different countries taught in history classes? In apartheid South Africa, they are taught that Bushmen are primitive. In Senegal, they are taught about the glories of the Empire of Ghana compared to the poverty of medieval Europe; also, the Atlantic slave trade is described at length, but the slave trade with Islamic countries is not mentioned for fear of offending Muslims. In Soviet history textbooks, Trotsky is mentioned in the context of his disagreements with Len ...more
I actually didn't finish this book. It was good, but I find myself short on time lately and trying to clean out a bookshelf so if I don't love it I don't keep reading. I really love the premise of the book and found it interesting, but since I am not familiar with the individual histories I found it difficult to follow. I think I would have gotten more out of it if I was better versed in the people and events that the author was comparing.
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