American Post-Conflict Educational Reform: From the Spanish-American War to Iraq

Hardcover | November 15, 2009

EditorNoah W. SobebyNoah W Sobe

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This edited volume brings together historians of education and comparative education researchers to study the educational reconstruction projects that Americans have launched in post-conflict settings across the globe. For well over a century Americans have seen the reform of schools as key to creating social stability and conditions of peace. The contributors to this volume examine the ideals embedded in and effectiveness of American education reform projects in the Philippines and Cuba after the Spanish-American War, in Europe after World War I, in Japan and Germany after World War II, in the aftermath of the Cold War, as well as U.S. initiatives currently underway in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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This edited volume brings together historians of education and comparative education researchers to study the educational reconstruction projects that Americans have launched in post-conflict settings across the globe. For well over a century Americans have seen the reform of schools as key to creating social stability and conditions o...

Noah W. Sobe is Assistant Professor of Cultural and Educational Policy Studies at Loyola University Chicago, specializing in the study of the international circulation of educational theories and practices. He is the author of Provincializing the Worldly Citizen: Yugoslav Student and Teacher Travel and Slavic Cosmopolitanism in the In...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.41 × 5.64 × 0.74 inPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230615929

ISBN - 13:9780230615922

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American Imperatives, Educational Reconstruction and the Post-Conflict Promise--Noah W. Sobe *  Education at the End of a Gun: The Origins of American Imperial Education in the Philippines--Benjamin Justice * "The Path of Progress": Protestant Missions, Education, and US Hegemony in the "New Cuba", 1898-1940--Jason Yaremko * American Philanthropy and Reconstruction in Europe after World War I: Bringing the West to Serbia--Noah W. Sobe * "The Appeal to the German Mind": Educational Reconstruction in the American Zone of Occupation, 1944-1949--Charles Dorn and Brian Puaca * Demystifying the Divine State and Rewriting Cultural Identity in the US Occupation of Japan--Masako Shibata and Kentaro Ohkura * The German Post-War Educational Reform Era and the "American Way of Life"--Thomas Koinzer * American Academics and Education for Democracy in Post-communist Europe--Laura B. Perry * Lost in Translation: Parent Teacher Associations and Reconstruction in Bosnia in the Late 1990s--Dana Burde * Allah, America, and the Army: US Involvement in South Asia and Pakistan's Education Policy--M. Ayaz Naseem * Corporate Education and "Democracy Promotion" Overseas: The Case of Creative Associates International, Inc in Iraq, 2003-2004--Kenneth J. Saltman

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“Can the United States repair a broken world? It's a very American question, of course, and education has played a big part in the answer. Americans have promoted their own ideas of schooling as a kind of universal panacea. Along the way, however, they sometimes worsened the same ills they had set out to cure. We were part of the problem, not just the solution, and this fine volume will help us sort out which was which.”--Jonathan Zimmerman, Professor of Education and History, New York University; Author of Innocents Abroad, American Teachers in the American Century“Post-conflict education is often narrowly associated with government-sponsored interventions and we tend to forget about the missionaries, philanthropists, volunteers, military advisors, university professors, and, last but not least, development consultants that, either solicited or unsolicited, become actively involved in reconstruction efforts. What did these Americans think and do and how did they justify their presence? This book convenes the brightest minds to analyze U.S. post-conflict educational reform.”--Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University; President of the Comparative and International Education Society“This book is unusual in the degree of coherence in the papers included here, the uniformly high quality of the individual case studies, and the way they fit together into a fruitful organizational scheme. The impulse to share ideals with others is a very strong American impulse, and the case studies show how this process of ideological philanthropy played out in a wide variety of settings over the years. This is an interesting book that will stimulate fruitful conversations in the academy.”-- David F. Labaree, Professor of Education, Stanford University