How Can we Teach “Western Civilization” if it doesn’t exist? Rethinking the European History Survey Model

Jennifer Anne Miller

Abstract


Teaching "Western Civilization" survey courses presents a delimma to teachers and scholars who find themselves teaching with models, categories, and narratives that they would not only not use in their research, but also actively counter with their research.  This article proposes that bringing our research into the classroom means fundamentally rethinking how we teach survey courses, from their conceptualization to the sources used.

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