February 25th, 2009

Though the points in this article were valid and well supported, I don’t understand the point in reading it. It is addressed to scholars and mainly historians, warning them not to teach children to love their country. Instead of focusing on how the country is terrible or wonderful, the literature should teach how these identities are constructed. Instead of scholarship complying with nationalism, it must be aware of the effect. Yes, it is noble but not relevant. We are learning about how cultures and relationships cannot be isolated and that they are not set in stone but changing all the time. This just seems like another piece of scholarship to prove this point. This article offers a solution that is less than enough and unlikely to have a significant impact.

Have you learned about the Zapatista movement? How does this article speak about it differently than how you learned about it?

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