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SPAIN: History

WAIS has a special interest in the way history is taught. From Barcelona, Josť Manuel de Prada reports: "Some schoolmasters, in Catalonia teach the Spanish Civil War to their students as a war of the rest of Spain against Catalonia. And many people believe that Catalans suffered under Franco more that the rest of the people. In both cases, it is utter nonsense. Another problem with the teaching of history (and geography) in Spain is that so much time is devoted to teach local geography and history that students end up knowing very little about world history and geography".

RH: Yes, this is the danger of local history. I suppose the problem is even worse in the Basque provinces.

Ronald Hilton - 9/24/02