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Liberating Narratives

Liberating Narratives is a weekly subscription 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.

You can easily browse through all posts on the Archive. On the bottom of the archive is a list of all tags used on the posts. You can also search topics using tags. By subscribing to the newsletter, you can gain access to the posts and can join the bimonthly teaching workshops. Some posts are free to the public; other posts require a paid subscription.

Bram annually takes a two week winter break in late December/early January and a one month break from 15 June to 15 July.

Featured Posts

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“Identity is Always Complex”: Teaching the Shared Histories of Israelis and Palestinians

Discussion of how to move beyond teaching the Israeli and Palestinian conflict and instead teach the shared histories of Palestinians and Israelis from a world-historical perspective

“Identity is Always Complex”: Teaching the Shared Histories of Israelis and Palestinians
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Voices of the Southern Front: Decolonizing our Teaching of the First World War

A discussion of how to teach the First World War using sources from India and the Middle East.

Voices of the Southern Front: Decolonizing our Teaching of the First World War
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Beyond the Good War: Alternative Narratives for Teaching World War II

A discussion of how to teach World War II in world history courses by focusing on resources and extreme violence.

Beyond the Good War: Alternative Narratives for Teaching World War II
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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.

“White Devils All Over Asia”: Teaching New Imperialism, c.1850 - c.1940

Recent Posts

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“Beginning from the North”: Teaching the Mongol Empire

Discussion of teaching the Mongol Empire

“Beginning from the North”: Teaching the Mongol Empire
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Summer Break and Summer Special

After spending most of my life either attending or teaching school in the Northeast of the United States, the school calendar is my default calendar. New years begin on Labor Day, and summer is time for an extended break. I started publishing Liberating Narratives as a newsletter just after Labor

Summer Break and Summer Special
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A Wealth of Haitian Revolution Resources

Discussion of recently published resources for teaching the Haitian Revolution

A Wealth of Haitian Revolution Resources
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“Famous Fabric Stores”: Song Chinese Silk

Discussion of teaching silk production in Song China

“Famous Fabric Stores”: Song Chinese Silk
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Monthly Digest: May 2024

Monthly Digest for May 2024

Monthly Digest: May 2024
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“Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific”: Teaching Decolonization and the Cold War in the Pacific

Discussion of teaching decolonization in Oceania

“Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific”: Teaching Decolonization and the Cold War in the Pacific