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Old 02-07-2012, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Whiterun (Skyrim)
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Default How is World War II Taught in British Schools?

I live in the United States, and I'm wondering how World War II is taught in the U.K. Do they only teach the British perspective, or do they teach the whole thing (Including the American involvement in the Pacific)?
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Fife
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World war 2 was taught very thoroughly and meticulously in my school and I would imagine in most British schools, it is the war of wars. Not just from a British perspective or indeed from an American perspective but from the perspective of the Jewish, German, Japanese, Russian, French, Australian, Canadian people and many more. It also was taught in a range of subjects like history, modern studies, english, religious education.

And does anyone know if or how much it is taught in Irish schools given they weren't involved?

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Old 02-07-2012, 10:27 PM
 
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I live in the United States, and I'm wondering how World War II is taught in the U.K. Do they only teach the British perspective, or do they teach the whole thing (Including the American involvement in the Pacific)?
We did not learn about WW2 at school because it was too close to us in time so very hard to get a historical perspective. The more so as many of my teachers had fought in the war and would often regale us with stories of their experience.
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:45 AM
 
Location: England
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It was the same for me Jaggy. I started school in 1951 and I can remember the air raid shelters & bombed out buildings & my father telling me stories about his service in Burma.
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:14 AM
 
Location: Yorkshire, England
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We certainly learned about Pearl Harbor and the atom bombs, but generally at my school it focused on the European theatre more than the Pacific - if I remember rightly we actually did more about the build-up to the war, and the war from the Nazi/Soviet perspective and the Holocaust than about our own experience, which I mostly know about from TV and from older relatives. They find a way to bring WW2 into subjects other than History too, I remember having to read Anne Frank's diary and other books about the war from a child's perspective for English.

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Old 02-08-2012, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Whiterun (Skyrim)
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Do they teach the pacific side?
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Old 02-08-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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They did in my school back in 2006.
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:54 AM
 
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Do they teach the pacific side?
not when i was at school, i left in 1997.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:08 AM
 
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It was a footnote at my schools. History was basically the tudors, the tudors, the saxons, the vikings, the tudors, some more of the tudors and then finally maybe some more tudors. God did my teachers love the tudors.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:54 AM
 
Location: The Silver State (from the UK)
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It was a footnote at my schools. History was basically the tudors, the tudors, the saxons, the vikings, the tudors, some more of the tudors and then finally maybe some more tudors. God did my teachers love the tudors.


Same here
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