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Education Books in the Prange Collection

[A guest post written by Mika Adamson, former Student Assistant in the Prange Collection.]

In December 2013, the New York Times published an article on recently proposed changes to Japanese textbooks by the Japanese government (A Shifting View of Japanese History, December 28, 2013 and a subsequent editorial, Politicians and Textbooks, January 14, 2014).  The changes were intended to nurture patriotism and nationalistic views of World War II and could be seen as an attempt to roll back reforms instituted during the Occupation.  The Prange Collection contains approximately 10,000 Japanese education books on a variety of topics, from arithmetic and science to English and history. They are a great way to view a broad sampling of textbooks, both censored and uncensored, that were published immediately after World War II.  Some examples include:

  • Shoto eibunpo no kontei (初等英文法の根底) [Prange Call Number: 284-0048]
  • Butsuri gakushu kowa (物理学習講話) [Prange Call Number:369-0035]
  • Chūtō kagaku (中等化学) [Prange Call Number: 370-0048]
  • Atarashii seikatsu no sekkei (新しい生活の設計) [Prange Call Number: 393-0043]
  • Mottomo rikaishiyasui seifu to keizai seikatsu gakushūsho (最も理解し易い政府と経済生活学習書)  [Prange Call Number: 437-0038]
  • Shōkai Nihon no rekishi (詳解日本の歴史) [Prange Call Number: 439-0007]

WorldcatUMThe Prange Collection’s education books are searchable online using the following methods:

  • Through UMD Libraries website.  To limit your search to Prange Collection holdings, click on the drop-down menu to the left of the search bar and select “Gordon W. Prange Collection, Hornbake Library.”  (Click the image)  The call numbers of all the education books in the Prange Collection consist of three digits followed by a hyphen and four digits. (e.g. 290-0001)

More posts on education books are forthcoming, so stay tuned!

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4 comments on “Education Books in the Prange Collection

  1. […] be unavailable for use.  The list of books that are currently unavailable can be found here.  See this page for general information about the education books, as well as how to search for them in the […]

  2. […] September 2015, we began scanning the Prange Collection education books.  We’ll share with you interesting educational materials as the scanning project progresses. […]

  3. […] September 2015, we began scanning the education books.  We’ll share with you interesting educational materials as the scanning project progresses. […]

  4. […] September 2015, we began digitizing the education books in the Prange Collection.  We’ll share interesting educational materials with you as the […]

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