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Teaching Empire and War: Animating Marginalized Histories in the Classroom

Maguire, A. & Gupta, D. ORCID: 0000-0003-3526-4148 (2021). Teaching Empire and War: Animating Marginalized Histories in the Classroom. History Workshop Journal, 92, pp. 208-225. doi: 10.1093/hwj/dbab023


How can we teach ‘forgotten’ histories of war and empire in the classroom, responding to urgent needs to ‘decolonize’ the curriculum and pedagogic practice? This article reflects on an exercise in pedagogical experimentation – a ‘widening participation’ project based upon a series of workshops – to demonstrate a more global and ‘messy’ understanding of the role of empire in the First and Second World Wars and their commemoration. We discuss the role of students and teachers as co-producers of knowledge, engaging with race and colonialism in the classroom, and the intervention of such work in the project of ‘decolonizing’ curricula.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in History Workshop Journal following peer review. The version of record Anna Maguire, Diya Gupta, Teaching Empire and War: Animating Marginalized Histories in the Classroom, History Workshop Journal, Volume 92, Autumn 2021, Pages 208–225, is available online at:
Publisher Keywords: Teaching, British Empire, Pedagogy, First World War, Second World War, Migration, Memory
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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