Author: Michelle J. Bellino and James H. Williams (Eds.)
Full Citation: Bellino, M.J., & Williams, J.H. (Eds.). (2017). (Re)Constructing memory: Education, identity, and conflict. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
Overview: Conflict and wars play a critical role in defining most countries, through the portrayal of past victories, explanations of defeat, and identification of self and other. The third volume in the series, (Re)constructing Memory: Education, Identity, and Conflict, focuses on these issues, especially in the context of unresolved conflict and issues derived from conflict. Beginning with a series of cases that examine shifts in the portrayal of self and other by historical antagonists, the volume then turns to the representation of conflict, both internal and external, and the representation of the nation’s role in that conflict. Recent war is particularly difficult to teach, especially in cases of internal conflict. A series of cases considers the changing role of curriculum after discredited political regimes, civil war, and genocide. A final series of cases looks at curriculum used to promote peace, tolerance, and resolution of conflict. As a cumulative result, we develop a richer understanding of the intimate and contradictory connections between schools and war.