Popular uses of violent pasts and enhancing historical thinking / Los usos populares de los pasados violentos y el razonamiento historico

Maria Grever, K Van Nieuwenhuyse

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Abstract

Historians increasingly acknowledge that popular media representing violent pasts reach large audiences, which in itself is a phenomenon worth investigating. School teachers in particular experience on a daily basis the impact of popular genres on their students' ideas of history. Young people read graphic historical novels, watch quiz shows on television or on YouTube, play (video) games, post selfies on Instagram or participate in living history activities. The way they gather and process information about the past is increasingly built on popular representations they encounter outside the classroom. The articles in this Special Issue seek to question how popular media represent sensitive issues from violent pasts in modern history - e.g., decolonization processes, civil wars, World War I / II, the Holocaust - and under what conditions these popular media can contribute to critical historical thinking. After all, while historians and educators wonder if and how historical violence should be represented, the fact is that many popular media - particularly commercial films and video games – actually place heroic battles and wars at the center of their representations. Consequently, there is a likely risk of sanitizing and romanticizing violence and atrocities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-502
Number of pages20
JournalJournal for the Study of Education and Development
Volume43
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2020

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