Myth, Identity and Conflict: A Comparative Analysis of Romanian and Serbian Textbooks

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ProQuest, 2009 - 460 pages
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The study compares two cases of ethnically diverse societies sharing a substantial set of characteristics but where inter-group relations developed in two opposite directions. In Serbia the entire decade of the 1990s was witness to widespread violence, first in the wars of Yugoslav secession (1991-1996) and later in the conflict over the status of the Kosovo region (1998-1999). In Romania, despite one eruption of interethnic violence in March 1990, there have been no further clashes between Romanians and Hungarians, even if a latent suspicion continued to be verbally manifested between these two communities. By comparing these cases, the possibility opens to verify the impact of taught history on the representations of self and others and, from this premise, to examine its influence on the potential for peaceful or conflictual ethnic relations.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Methods of textbook analysis
8
The History textbook in context
27
Education conflict and ethnic identity overview of existing scholarship
58
Myth
118
Romanian national myths
138
Common myths to Serbia and Romania
168
Analysis
196
Representation of the self in Romanian and Serbian texts
250
Representation of the Other in Romanian and Serbian textbooks
345
Conclusion
384
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