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Chapter 9 Patriotism and Civic Identity in Swedish and Finnish School Readers after 1860
Author: Henrik Edgren

Abstract

From the 1850s, the state extended its control over school and education in many European countries via reforms and legislation on curriculums, school buildings, teaching materials and teacher education programs. In this chapter, the focal point is a teaching material – the reader – that would promulgate knowledge, or “Bildung”, not primarily concentrated on evangelical-Lutheran values. The main purpose of the reader was to increase young pupils’, from all social groups, awareness of their patriotic identity. Via the readers, the pupils participated in a target-oriented nation building process. One school subject that was especially convenient for a strengthening of a patriotic identity at that time was history. Accordingly, in this chapter historical representations are studied in two readers from the 1860s and 1870s: the Finnish Boken om vårt land and the Swedish Läsebok för Folkskolan.

In: Exploring Textbooks and Cultural Change in Nordic Education 1536–2020
Introduction to Part 4 The Formation of the Welfare State
Author: Henrik Edgren
In: Exploring Textbooks and Cultural Change in Nordic Education 1536–2020
Introduction to Part 2 The Enlightenment
Author: Henrik Edgren
In: Exploring Textbooks and Cultural Change in Nordic Education 1536–2020
Introduction to Part 3 The Growth of Nationalism and the Formation of Democracy
Author: Henrik Edgren
In: Exploring Textbooks and Cultural Change in Nordic Education 1536–2020
Introduction to Part 5 Globalisation and Digitalisation
Author: Henrik Edgren
In: Exploring Textbooks and Cultural Change in Nordic Education 1536–2020
Introduction to Part 1 The Reformation and Its Aftermath
Author: Henrik Edgren
In: Exploring Textbooks and Cultural Change in Nordic Education 1536–2020
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This volume addresses a gap in previous research and explores Nordic textbooks chronologically and empirically from the Protestant Reformation to our present time. The chapters are written by scholars from universities in Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, countries that distinguish themselves with a rich tradition of textbook research. The authors represent different academic traditions and use a wide range of scholarly methods and perspectives. The overall objective is to highlight how textbooks reflect national cultural politics and legislation. The various chapters cast light on how textbooks are integrated in national politics and demonstrate how they have contributed to nation-building and to strengthening the nations’ core values and other major political projects.

Contributors are: Karl Christian Alvestad, Norunn Askeland, Kjell Lars Berge, Peter Bernhardsson, Kerstin Bornholdt, Mads B. Claudi, Henrik Edgren, Morten Fink-Jensen, Stig Toke Gissel, Thomas Illum Hansen, Pirjo Hiidenmaa, Marthe Hommerstad, Axel Hörstedt, Kari-Anne Jørgensen-Vittersø, Tujia Laine, Esbjörn Larsson, Ragnhild Elisabeth Lund, Christina Matthiesen, Eva Maagerø, Tuva Skjelbred Nodeland, Kari H. Nordberg, Merethe Roos, Henriette Hogga Siljan, Johan Laurits Tønnesson and Janne Varjo.
In: Exploring Textbooks and Cultural Change in Nordic Education 1536–2020
Part 3 The Growth of Nationalism and the Formation of Democracy
In: Exploring Textbooks and Cultural Change in Nordic Education 1536–2020
In: Exploring Textbooks and Cultural Change in Nordic Education 1536–2020