“This well-documented book, which is part of the Britain and the World series, uses the lens of education to examine a significant post-Second World War shift in the nature of national identity that took place in the Canadian province of Ontario and the Australian state of Victoria. Stephen Jackson traces officially mandated history, geography, and social studies curricula and approved textbooks for primary and secondary schools, as well as the rhetoric surrounding those materials, in the two jurisdictions from the 1930s through to the 1970s. The core of Jackson’s argument is that the nature of national identity as a central defining theme in both nations evolved from one rooted in Britishness to one that relied on multiculturalism. He views this change as a defensive move in response to the reality that immigration was rapidly making Canada and Australia increasingly culturally diverse….” p. 436 – From Article.


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History of Education Quarterly 60(3): 436-439



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