The social construction of citizenship: Civics and History school textbooks in Russia

Year: 2004

Author: Zajda, Joseph

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper evaluates the new post-Soviet school history textbooks in upper secondary schools, giving particular attention to how the models for Russian identity presented in the new textbooks since 2001 redefine legitimate culture for students. Attention is also be given to the multiple perspectives on history that textbooks and other curriculum materials emphasize; these new methods contrast with the grand narrative that dominated the study of history before 1991.