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History Lessons
How textbooks from around the world portray U.S. History

History Lessons by Dana Lindaman and Hyle Ward
(2006) - 404 pages
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In an alternate and eye-opening version of American history, History Lessons provides an enormous range of conflicting takes on seemingly straightforward events.

Readers accustomed to a single view of American history will find British and Canadian, and American Indian, views of the War of 1812; Cuban and Russian views of the Cuban Missile Crisis; and Iranian views of the Iranian hostage crisis, among various other astonishing and enlightening examples.

Many of the textbooks included in History Lessons are the only authorized source of information about American history in their respective countries. They are made accessible to American readers for the first time, and several - including excerpts from the only textbook known to have been smuggled out of North Korea - are highly controversial.

History Lessons offers a lighthearted and engaging challenge to the biases we bring to our understanding of American history - and a sobering glimpse into how the rest of the world views the past we take for granted.

Dana Lindaman is a Ph.D. candidate in Romance Philology at Harvard University, where he is focusing on the formation of French identity in secondary school textbooks.

Hyle Ward is assistant professor of history and political science at Vincennes University in Indiana. He is the author of In the Shadow of Glory.

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