Franco-German History Coursebook
"Histoire/Geschichte" is a series of Franco-German history coursebooks, published since 2006. The projects aims to create a "shared vision" between French and Germans regarding the history of Europe since the Antiquity. The project originated from the "Franco-German Youth Parliament" in Berlin on 21 January 2003 which gathered 500 young pupils from the French and German upper secondary school at the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Franco-German Élysée Treaty
Élysée Treaty
Élysée Treaty also known as the Treaty of Friendship, was concluded by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer in 1963. It set the seal on reconciliation between the two countries...

. They suggested the development of a "history coursebook having the same content in both countries so that negative preconceptions caused by mutual ignorance might be avoided".

This coursebook has been available since September 2006 for grade 12 students (Klasse 12/13 in Germany). It is published jointly by Nathan in France and Ernst Klett in Germany. A coursebook for grade 11 has also been produced. The set of three coursebooks will cover the period from the Antiquity to modern times.

Distribution and reception

Reviews say it is a symbolic token of Franco-German cooperation. In 2008, two years after its creation, 80,000 coursebooks had been sold in each country. Since inception, several other pairs of countries have discussed the possibility of creating a bi-national coursebook, including Czech Republic—Germany, Poland—Germany and Slovak Republic—Hungary.


S. 25 ff. Eine sehr kritische Besprechung des Teils, der sich mit der Judenverfolgung und Judenvernichtung durch das Vichy-Regime und die Deutschen befasst Rezension des Lehrwerks bis ca. 1900, in: ebd., S. 21-24 Beide Art. auch in frz. Sprache erhältlich in der Parallel-Ausgabe Documents. Revue du dialogue franco-allemand Insbes. auch zur sog. Erbfeindschaft.


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