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Models of Society and Visions of the Future

The subject area “Models of Society and Visions of the Future” comprises textbook sources containing ideal concepts of the society of a country or a larger social entity. The extracts convey hopes, expectations and fears that are rooted in certain historical situations as well as the present. The textbook extracts might address, for example, different areas of societal interaction or might evaluate economic and political systems. In colonial or post-colonial contexts certain countries are portrayed as progressive or backward in comparison to others by structuring underlying narratives with the help of keywords such as demography, migration, or globality.

Violent Conflict and Peace

The subject area “Violent conflict and Peace” contains textbook excerpts concerning wars of global significance as well as transnational and regional conflicts. The depictions of these events highlight the capacity of WorldViews to bring together the heterogeneous narratives of different countries, allowing them to participate in the presentation of a common history. Some textbook narratives dissociate themselves, retrospectively, from a partisan perspective in respect to violent conflicts of the past. In other cases partisan affiliations have become so ingrained that this positioning remains unquestioned after the end of armed conflicts. By way of contrast, this subject also encompasses depictions of peace processes and political negotiations that portray past and current endeavours for peaceful coexistence.

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