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Other research product . 2015

Koselleck's Lens on Peace Education in Contemporary Israel-Palestine

Andersen, Niels Bruun; Gräs, Jesper Ladekær; Hvass, Anders Colstrup; Leth, Aksel Nok;
Open Access
Published: 01 Jan 2015
Country: Denmark

In this project we examine the role of history in peace education in the Israeli-Palestinian context through the lens of the German historian Reinhart Koselleck. We claim that history is a non-redundant part of peace education in intractable regions, and that the contemporary interpretation of Koselleck gives us the opportunity to shed new light on history as peace education in the Israeli-Palestinian context. We present two positions which exemplifies history as peace education, namely the two ‘new historians’ Benny Morris and Ilan Pappe. We analyse the foundation of Morris and Pappe, and criticise them through a combination of the Koselleckian perspective and the critical tradition of the Israeli philosopher Ilan Gur-Ze’ev. Lastly we discuss how the Lens of Koselleck argues for a re-evaluation of history in peace education in contemporary Israel-Palestine.


Historiography, Reinhart Koselleck, Peace Education, New Historians, Ilan Gur-Ze'ev, Ilan Pappe, History, Contemporary Israel-Palestine, Benny Morris

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