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Well, let's see. I went to some good private schools in the UK. In secondary school my choices meant that I only did History up to age 16.

Frankly, in secondary school we barely touched on colonisation. In essence we just skipped over it. From Glorious Revolution to World War One somehow we missed it.

In primary school however, we got a good dose of the greatness of Empire. Not really a deep perversion of the facts, more just a direction towards pretty artefacts and steam engines and the like.

The propaganda element came more from the old films on TV more than anything.

Fortunately for me, my father (being Indian) had firm views on the downsides of British colonisation, so I did get a balanced view, but no thanks to my education.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Dec 9th, 2005 at 01:55:03 PM EST
At the public high school I attended in France our history teacher did cover the slave trade in quite some detail but mostly as a British/US phenomenon (ironic since we where in Bordeaux which was one of the big French ports active in the slave trade). As for colonial history I know we covered the early Spanish and Dutch colonial empires but not much of more recent colonial history. The sense was that the more recent history was too controversial and would not make it onto our final Baccalaureate exam so it wasn't a priority.
by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Fri Dec 9th, 2005 at 04:03:46 PM EST
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To be fair, in primary school we did get a good overview of the horror of the slave ships running from Liverpool to Africa to USA. But, we didn't get much context on the effects beyond the horror for the individual.
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Dec 9th, 2005 at 04:15:57 PM EST
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