The Council of Europe intergovernmental project Shared histories for a Europe without dividing lines, launched by the Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice (CDPPE) at the Conference in the European Wergeland Centre in Norway in 2010, was completed in 2014.



The project addressed three main concerns.

  • to raise awareness of the common historical heritage of the member states. In its texts and more specifically in Article 1, the European Cultural Convention of 1954 affirms that the signatory states are to promote a shared knowledge of their national history and also to be committed to raising awareness of their common historical heritage.
  • to contribute, through a better understanding of historical interactions and convergences of all kinds, to conflict prevention and support for processes of reconciliation.
  • to put into action the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers’ and Parliamentary Assembly’s recommendations on history teaching.

Objectives for the project:

  • to reveal the chief interactions and convergences which have characterised the development of Europe as a spatial entity and created the conditions for European construction;
  • to produce definite proposals for strategies and methods towards awareness and knowledge of these dimensions of European history, particularly in the context of history courses and
  • to define the content and also the skills essential to a sound understanding of common trends in European history within a global context.
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Shared histories for a Europe without dividing lines








An interactive e-book aimed at teacher trainers, teachers in training, practising teachers and their pupils.