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Liberating Narratives

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.

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

“Men of the Spoken Word”: Teaching West Africa, c.1200 - c.1600
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“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.

“To take lads for the Janissaries”: Making Sense of the Devşirme
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“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.

“If there were no buyers there would be no sellers”: Teaching the Transatlantic Slave System, c.1450 - c.1850

Recent Posts

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“British boxing versus Indian fisticuffs”: South Asia in the Era of New Imperialism, c.1860 - c.1940

A discussion of teaching British rule in India by focusing on stories on Indian resistance.

“British boxing versus Indian fisticuffs”: South Asia in the Era of New Imperialism, c.1860 - c.1940
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Monthly Digest: January 2023

Monthly Digest for January 2023.

Monthly Digest: January 2023
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“The Invaders Will Know No Tranquility”: The Transition to New Imperialism, 1840-1880

A discussion of how to teach European imperialism between 1840 and 1880.

“The Invaders Will Know No Tranquility”: The Transition to New Imperialism, 1840-1880
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“Pilfering Our Resources”: Teaching the Causes of New Imperialism with Primary Sources

A discussion of how to teach the causes of New Imperialism using primary sources.

“Pilfering Our Resources”: Teaching the Causes of New Imperialism with Primary Sources
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“Excessive Labor and Confinement”: Historical Imagination and the Urban Working Class

A discussion of teaching the Industrial Revolution to help students better understand how workers experienced industrialization.

“Excessive Labor and Confinement”: Historical Imagination and the Urban Working Class
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“Making a Great Profit”: Historical Imagination and the Opium Trade

A discussion of teaching the opium trade to understand the different ways opium shaped the nineteenth century.

“Making a Great Profit”: Historical Imagination and the Opium Trade