History Teaching

History and history teaching have been a focus for the Council of Europe’s work on education since its inception. From the start and as stated in the European Cultural Convention, the organisation recognised the importance of history as a basis for the education of the citizens of Europe and its role in bridging differences and bringing people together by establishing mutual understanding and confidence between the peoples of Europe.

History teaching in perspective gives an overview of the changes that affected Europe and the Council of Europe since 1949 and how the instances of the Council of Europe responded to the changes.


Work in the field of history teaching, both in intergovernmental projects or through bilateral and regional cooperation focuses on issues:

  • related to the content of history textbooks to eliminate prejudice;
  • on the modernisation of teaching programmes and curricula;
  • and on teacher training .

The operational mode of all activities was always to create a space for debate where various target groups could share their views, confront their "reality" and revise their perception.



Forthcoming events

Conference “Shared histories for a Europe without dividing lines", Vienna, 9-10 April 2014.
Conference organised in co-operation with Vienna University in the framework of the Austrian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

Recent events



Last update: 3 April 2014