Educational Websites on the Memory of Slavery in Europe: The Ongoing Challenge of History Teaching

Klein discusses the ongoing challenge of history teaching, analyzing key educational websites on the controversial issue of the Atlantic slave trade and slavery in the Netherlands and England. From the mid-twentieth century onwards, major social and technical changes have impacted simultaneously on the history teaching profession: (1) the questioning of national narratives and the growth of public interest in the past; (2) the rise of a critical approach in history teaching and the media revolution. Klein explains their interrelationship and then points to what teachers need to know about the narrative structure and pedagogy embedded in historical websites to be able to use them both as distributors of content as well as modern voices in an ongoing debate about the memory of slavery in Europe.