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Representation of Roman Britain in British school modern textbooks in the context of national identity formation

The Bulletin of Tomsk State University. 2016. № 403. PP. 61-68.

Dmitriy S. Konkov

The author studies the image of Roman Britain as is represented in British school textbooks from the 1990s to 2010 and beyond. The structure and contents of British history textbooks are analyzed in terms of how ancient Roman civilization was involved in the formation of British identity. The study shows that any assessment and comparison are avoided in the texts and, with one exception, there is no reference contained therein as to the influence Romans had on the way British society is today. Roman Britain is represented as an episode of history not linked to British identity.   

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