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Colonialism and Decolonization in National Historical Cultures and Memory Politics in Europe

Modules for History Lessons

Edited By Uta Fenske, Daniel Groth, Klaus-Michael Guse and Bärbel P. Kuhn

Colonialism and decolonization are historical phenomena that are part of the historical experience of many European countries. This volume offers students and teachers a new understanding of how colonialism and decolonization fit into our shared European past and contains teaching materials for history classes in European schools. The contributions have been produced by the EU project CoDec, involving partners from Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Great Britain, Austria, Poland and Switzerland. Analyzing colonial pasts, processes of decolonization and memory politics in different European countries from comparative and transnational perspectives, the study presents useful sources and practical suggestions for cutting-edge history lessons in European schools.
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The project “Colonialism and Decolonization in National Historical Cultures and Memory Politics in European Perspective” could not have been realised without manifold support, and the present book as the end product of the project could not have been published without great commitment and dynamic help from various sides.

Firstly, we would like to thank the European Commission for generous funding under the Lifelong Learning Programmes (now: Erasmus+).

Peter Lang Publishing was willing to be involved with a not quite so ordinary publication and we thank Mr Hermann Ühlein for the competent and accommodating joint planning.

Of course we owe thanks to all partners in the project; many of the individuals acted in the background and do not appear by name in the table of contents. To be mentioned in particular here are the colleagues at Hafelekar Consulting in Innsbruck and especially Paul Schober, who did not only supply the framework for our communication in the intranet, but also moderated the project group at all meetings and during every phase of the project with constant patience, friendliness and great aplomb. As experienced project manager Joanna Szczecinska (Łódź) was of great help. We would like to thank her for her valuable advive throughout the whole project.

We cordially thank Jan Pasternak for creating and maintaining the project’s website and the University of Siegen and its Centre for Information and Media Technology for the technical support, above all providing the infrastructure for setting...

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