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Nationalistisk historieundervisning?: En jämförelse mellan svensk och norsk historieundervisning
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The work is performed at Karlstad University as a final part of teacher education. The purpose of the paper is to compare the current Swedish and Norwegian steering documents with each other and also explore how the Black Death and Charles XII is portrayed in a Swedish and a Norwegian textbook designed for the teaching in history of middle school. Further I investigate whether there are similarities and differences between the textbooks. A textual analysis has been done. The first part of the work deals with researcher's views on the area. The second part consists of results where a document analysis of textbooks and related regulatory documents are implemented. The results are compared with each other to be able to draw conclusions.


The content in the textbooks is characterized by the content of the steering documents. The steering documents in Sweden and Norway are similar but emphasize and portray historical events in different ways. The analysis of the textbooks shows that the authors describe the Black Death and Charles XII by nationalistic approach, though to different degrees. Both countries emphasize itself as the "better nation" and tend to "smooth over" events that we today perceive as negative for the country's status. The production of the historical events in the textbooks proves that the events affected the countries' histories in different ways and therefore have different meanings.



Keywords: Sweden, Norway, steering documents, the Black Death, Charles XII, text analysis of history textbooks.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-28048Local ID: HI:2OAI: diva2:630366
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Available from: 2013-07-01 Created: 2013-06-18 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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