“Europe – Our History” is a curriculum-based, competency-focused textbook series containing a diverse range of materials presented in a way easily accessible to sudents and seeking to encourage learners to engage with history through discovery and form their own judgements on the issues discussed. The process by which the books have come into being encompassed multiple stages and involved academics, educators and publishers from Germany and Poland; the result is a series of publications which put the most recent findings of historical and educational research into practice. The series’ key aim is to help learners develop an awareness of history based on reflection on past events and on one’s own established attitudes. Changes in perspective are an integral and constitutive part of its structure, inspiring dialogue on differences in people’s experience of historical events and a better understanding of diversity.
The “Europe – Our History” series comprises four volumes. Volume 1, “From prehistory and ancient times to the Middle Ages”, has been available for use in German and Polish schools since 2016. Volume 2, “The modern period to 1815” was published 2017. Volume 3 on the nineteenth century will follow in 2019, and Volume 4 on the twentieth century is scheduled to appear in 2020.