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Teaching History in the 21st Century

During the twentieth century, traditional concepts of objectivity and narratives of Western exceptionalism have been forcefully challenged. Does that mean that our relationship with the past and the content and purpose of history are now less self-evident than before? Which historical problems appear most urgent for contemporary societies to explore critically? What and how do historians in an age intensely aware of global interconnections teach in universities, and do their interests productively inform school curricula? Following a year of intense debate on history teaching in schools, the panel discusses the controversies over current visions of the discipline.

Speakers:

Sir John Elliott FBA
University of Oxford

Professor Christopher Clark FBA
University of Cambridge

Professor Maxine Berg FBA
University of Warwick

Professor Michael Bentley
University of St Andrews

Chaired by Dr Ulinka Rublack, University of Cambridge

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