Europe in Textbooks

This collection of texts, maps and images from 20th and 21st century textbooks presents which notions of Europe and Europeans are conveyed through national textbooks. The internet platform documents both Europe and European perceptions and illustrates the changeability and endurance of approaches and conceptions.

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"In the Colony"

In Peter Rosegger’s fable, a German swarm of bees emigrates to Australia, where it is tempted by the permanent summer to stop working altogether, and ultimately dies out.[More...]

EurViews is a work in progress, a fact inherent to its design. Views and ideas of Europe from a range of perspectives are not a finite collection and continue to emerge. In other words, the body of sources on which our edition is based is continuously growing; we are always keen to improve on our work, making it more user-friendly and specifically more useful to academic research. Please get in touch with us if you know of any sources which might help us to achieve this, and we will discuss them with you and incorporate them in an appropriate fashion in our edition. You can also help us by letting us know how we might improve our service to you via our contact form.  

We are currently preparing sources from Argentina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, the Philippines and Uruguay for presentation at the turn of the year 2016/2017. Towards the end of the year 2017, EurViews will be relaunched as a special collection within the research infrastructure project WorldViews, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), thus providing an even more extensive range of functions and source material.

EurViews is a collaborative project being conducted by the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research. Member of the Leibniz Association in conjunction with a large number of project partners and contributors. The project is the product of the involvement and commitment of many researchers from around the world. If your work revolves around ideas of Europe and textbooks as sources and you would like to add your knowledge and expertise to EurViews, we are looking forward to hearing from you – click here to find out more.

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