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"Learning and teaching about the history of Europe in the 20th century" – project results

Handbook: "Teaching 20th-century European history"

This comprehensive handbook on how to teach 20th century lays the groundwork for approaching themes and topics from a European perspective; for multiperspectivity - encouraging students to investigate the experience of those holding opposing and unpopular viewpoints; provides a methodology for developing research and assessment skills of historical sources, particularly the media and new technologies; promotes understanding others through role play and the teaching of sensitive and controversial issues. [ More ]

Additional teaching packs on the following topics

are available, either as ISBN publications or as reports and contributions:
women's history
designed to integrate women's history into current classroom practice and redress the balance of gender with their view and perspective on history
population flows
looks at the reasons behind individual and group migration and the cultural and social exchanges which result from these movements

History based upon only one source is suspect and historical understanding must be derived from a confrontation of sources from cinema, television and museums, to state archives and oral history. The project also took into account a new phenomenon: the 20th century can be studied through new media (radio, cinema, television, images…). It lead to a broad reflection around the challenge of the information and communication technologies facing history teaching and issues around sources in contemporary history.

The following topics were covered:

Two comparative studies look into
- how Europe was represented in secondary school history textbooks over the last decades;
- the structures of initial training for history teachers in several European countries.

Finally, a Treaty Simulation took place, re-enacting the Peace Conference of 1919 and the Versailles Treaty.