Shared histories for a Europe without dividing lines

“History can contribute to greater understanding, tolerance and confidence between individuals and between the peoples of Europe or it can become a force for division, violence and intolerance. Therefore, history teaching can be a tool to support peace and reconciliation in conflict and post-conflict areas as well as tolerance and understanding when dealing with such phenomena as migration, immigration and changing demographics”.Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Recommendation 1880 (2009) History Teaching in conflict and post-conflict areas.



Developing a culture of co-operation when teaching and learning history is the outcome of the Council of Europe (CoE) bilateral history education project in Cyprus. The main partner of the CoE within this project was the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) a unique non-governmental organisation which brings together history educators from all communities across the divide.


The aims of the project are:

  • to raise awareness of teaching and learning history in its complexity in thecontext of cultural diversity and globalisation, based on multiperspectivity.
  • to help Cypriot young people to develop, through teaching and learning history, the skills and attitudes that enable co-operative living.


The ideas and approaches developed in the e-book are directly linked to the on-going Council of Europe intergovernmental project Educating for diversity and democracy: teaching history in contemporary Europe.


Download the E-book: Developing a culture of co-operation when teaching and learning history


An information leaflet on the e-book was translated into the following languages: