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Peripheries at the Centre: Borderland Schooling in Interwar Europe

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Volume 27

Contemporary European History

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Peripheries at the Centre

Borderland Schooling in Interwar Europe

Machteld Venken

Made available under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license with support from University of Luxembourg.

302 pages, 8 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-967-9 $130.00/£96.00 Hb Not Yet Published (March 2021)

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Peripheries at the Centre is a notable intervention in social history and an innovative contribution to current historiographical debates. It offers a deep comparison of German peripheral regions after 1918 in Poland and Belgium, and it sets up a theoretically sophisticated European analysis of the limits and inadequacies of nationally framed reform pedagogy, giving voice to children’s modernity.” • Steven Seegel, University of Northern Colorado


Following the Treaty of Versailles, European nation-states were faced with the challenge of instilling national loyalty in their new borderlands, where fellow citizens could differ dramatically from one another along religious, linguistic, cultural, or ethnic lines. Peripheries at the Centre reveals how Prussia, and later the German Empire, used educational policy to promote national identity along its geographical margins. It shows how policymakers sought to cultivate ideal German students who, it was hoped, would help to usher in a new, peaceful era in European history while reinforcing their status as German citizens.

Machteld Venken is Professor of Contemporary Transnational History at the University of Luxembourg. She is the author of numerous publications, including Straddling the Iron Curtain?: Immigrants, Immigrant Organisations, War Memories (2011), and editor of Growing Up in the Shadow of the Second World War: European Perspectives (2015, together with Maren Röger) and Borderland Studies Meets Child Studies: A European Encounter (2017).

Subject: 20th Century History Educational Studies
Area: Germany Central/Eastern Europe

Peripheries at the Centre by Machteld Venken is is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from University of Luxembourg.

OA ISBN: 978-1-78920-969-3


List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations


Chapter 1. Schools, Language and Children During the First World War
Chapter 2. A Framework of Comparison
Chapter 3. Making the Border
Chapter 4. Scaping the Border
Chapter 5. A Universal Childhood


Appendix: Belgian and Polish Governments and Ministers Responsible for Education

List of References

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