Introducing students to early modern, modern, and contemporary European history in all its geographic and thematic breadth is a formidable challenge. The European Experience tackles it impressively. Its series of short chapters cover immense ground, ranging from generations and economic divergences to geography and environmental history. This structure makes the book ideal for the university classroom, as primary and complementary reading material, especially on issues of identity, borders, and Europe's Others. The book sets a high bar for future pedagogy.
EuroClio had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Jochen Hung about the challenges and opportunities for history education at university level in Europe. Dr. Hung is Assistant Professor of Cultural History at Utrecht University and a specialist in the cultural and media history of 20th-century Germany. In his role with the history department of Utrecht University, he is also leading the coordination of the project Teaching European History in the 21st Century, a collaboration between seven European research universities (Utrecht, UA Madrid, HU Berlin, Sheffield, Prague, Budapest, Lille) and EuroClio.
Teaching European History in the 21st Century (TEH21) is an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership in Higher Education, bringing together experts in the fields of European history, innovative didactic methods, and the development of innovative teaching materials from seven countries (Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands). On this website you will find resources that are directly related to 'The European Experience: A Multi-Perspective History of Modern Europe, 1500–2000' and would be useful for any readers.