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In 1832 Greece was recognized as an independent nation-state. In the years that followed an understanding of what it meant to be Greek was taught in the Greek schools. This book explores the ways in which the teaching of Greek history helped shape a modern Greek national identity. After the formation of a Greek national school system and universal education in Greece an idealized Greek identity that traced its roots to ancient Greece was taught to first generation Greek students.
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Theodore Zervas is Assistant Professor of Education at North Park University in Chicago and Program Director for the Masters Program in Education. He has been a visiting professor of History at Instituto Technologico y de Studios Superiores de Monterrey in Chihuahua, Mexico. He currently sits on the board of directors for the Illinois Humanities Council.Review:
European Education (Summer 2013)
Theodore Zervas's study differs in that he makes a bold attempt to locate his analysis within a context that transcends the geopolitical confines of the Greek nation-state and the disciplinary boundaries of education and school historiography. This comparative approach allows him to articulate a transcultural and interdisciplinary genealogy about the beginnings, contingencies, and particularities of the construction, legiti-macy, and dissemination of Greekness through the subject of history.
Paedagogica Historica (2013)
Zervas' work is of great relevance and written in an easily understandable language and style... used as a valuable learning device instead of simply and interesting read. This work is an excellent aid to the study of school curricula (anywhere else in the world) and the potential influence on the evolution of national identity.
Modern Greek Studies Yearbook (2014)
Zervas's study represents a genuine contribution to our understanding of the close relationship among the state, national identity, and public education....Moreover, his astute analysis of the textbook as a window into contemporary views of other Balkan states is equally interesting and informative.
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Book Description Columbia University Press, 2012. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110880336935