Liberating Narratives is a weekly newsletter helping world history teachers decolonize their classes. Each post explores how to teach specific historical topics and includes primary and secondary source excerpts, historical images, and maps. Bram Hubbell is the author. He can be found on Twitter and Mastodon.
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“White Devils All Over Asia”: Teaching New Imperialism, c.1850 - c.1940
A discussion of how to teach New Imperialism in world history courses and centering the voices of colonized people.
“Men of the Spoken Word”: Teaching West Africa, c.1200 - c.1600
A discussion of the challenges of teaching medieval West Africa in world history courses and how to use voice of the griots as a way to explore multiple perspectives/
“To take lads for the Janissaries”: Making Sense of the Devşirme
A discussion of teaching the Ottoman practice of the devşirme in world history classes.
“If there were no buyers there would be no sellers”: Teaching the Transatlantic Slave System, c.1450 - c.1850
A discussion of how world history teachers can teach the transatlantic slave system in a way that centers Black African voices.
“A Great City”: Akbar and Fatehpur Sikri
A discussion of how to use paintings of Fatehpur Sikri to teach about the Mughal Emperor Akbar.
“Marvelously Regular and Geometric Gardens”: Babur and the Founding of the Mughal Empire
A discussion of Babur, the first Mughal Emperor, as a gardener.
“A Generous Gift from Timur and Akbar”: Snapshots from the Mughal Empire
A discussion of how we can teach the Mughal Empire in world history courses with a focus on how the empire was multiethnic and diverse.
“Its Immediate Effects Have Been Simply Disastrous”: Some Thoughts on Teaching New Imperialism
Some reflections about teaching imperialism and a collection of all recent posts about New Imperialism.
“We Were Not Free”: American and Japanese Imperialism, c.1860 - c.1940
A discussion of how to teach American and Japanese imperialism using sources from the Philippines and Korea.
“To Fight to the Last”: Historical Imagination and African Resistance to New Imperialism
Discussion of how to have students write creatively about African resistance to New Imperialism.
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