Modules for History Lessons
Edited By Uta Fenske, Daniel Groth, Klaus-Michael Guse and Bärbel P. Kuhn
Making Sense of Postcolonial Theories and Applying them to the Relationship between Eastern and Western Europe
Introduction to the Module
This module aims at understanding the core elements of the theories developed by Nicolaj S. Trubetzkoy (1890–1938) and Dipesh Chakrabarty (born 1948).
In contemporary history textbooks, colonialism is merely described in terms of power and exploitation systems, which will be easily comprehensible to students of upper secondary level. Nonetheless, the thesis of Postcolonial Studies, namely that this power system is based on a specific (Eurocentric) view of the world on the part of the colonizers, is rarely dealt with in history textbooks and history education. This aspect of colonialism will be new for many students. Even more profitable will be the question of whether this view of the world has changed in contemporary times. For this reason, dealing with Trubetzkoy’s remarks holds enormous didactic potential.
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