The Forgotten Slavism. A Sociological Study on the Depreciation of the Memory Concerning the Slavic Heritage in History Textbooks and Curricula in Secondary Schools

Author: Andrzej Kasperek
Institution: University of Silesia in Katowice
Author: Agata Cabała
Institution: University of Silesia in Katowice
Year of publication: 2013
Source: Show
Pages: 207-220
DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/kie.2013.05.10
PDF: kie/98/kie9810.pdf

The presented study explores the ways in which two events from the history of Poland – the baptism of Mieszko I and the so-called ‘pagan reaction’ – are shown in history textbooks and curricula. Both of these events are treated here as remembrance sites, creating the historical canon, which constitutes one of the pillars of Poles’ memory of the past. The method of public discourse analysis was applied. The analysis of textbooks and curricula showed that while the christening of Poland is presented as an exceptional remembrance site in its history (one of the major events constituting the historical canon), the so-called pagan reaction is a hardly noticeable event. The attitude to the Slavic past, which is characteristic for the analyzed texts, can be placed within the discourse of depreciation, to which the argumentation, linguistic means, and the symbolism have been subordinated.

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