Or alternatively – can history textbooks make peace ?

asiaAfter you have read the article from the Financial Times below, you might like to have a look at this BBC report on an Asian project where “educationalists and historians have been meeting across borders to attempt the seemingly impossible – a common history textbook for South East Asia. Not only will aim to accommodate diverse countries and a tangle of overlapping disputes, they will have to contend with countries wanting to revise their history books to reflect territorial claims. This ambitious task is taking place within the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) group of countries – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Textbook experts from the region met in Bangkok in Thailand last year to look at the idea of a common history.”

Have a look and see what you think.

Mr Kydd.

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