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Government Influence And The Domestic Educational Environment

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This chapter focuses on identifying and analysing concepts and arguments relevant to the first two phases, which may be called the aspect of 'process' in history education. The initial stage of government influence (Phase I) covers 'Shaping public opinion' and the activities under government influence (Phase II), 'Writing history', 'Education' and 'History education'. The chapter sheds light on how the government, through education, could exercise some influence over the future public. It considers a latent power relationship between the government and the public in the educational environment. Policy-making maintains a delicate relationship with public opinion. The function of historical presentations is therefore 'a kind of self-legitimation' which establishes historians' authority within society according to accepted rules and practices, and reinforces society's self-identity. The chapter reviews the history of historiography itself, which indicates its close relevance to the process of state formation.

Keywords: educational environment; government influence; historiography; public opinion



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