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Teacher themes History, anthropology, and anyone interested in how history is revised over time

IB DP TOK themes & AOKs History, Indigenous societies, Language

Relevant BQ Creativity, Perspectives

Key terms and ideas Discover, Conquest vs. unsanctioned invasion, Historical framing, Marginalised, Uncertain, Speculation

Investigating Issues Historical revisionism

Exhibition prompt IAP-33 (development)

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On Savage Shores — overturning Columbus’s ‘discovery’ narrative

  • What happened in 1492?

  • What is the focus of Caroline Dodds Pennock’s new book On Savage Shores, and how does it reframe this period of history?

  • Why does the article argue that “our choice of words matters”?

  • Why do you think history has traditionally focused on the experiences of the Europeans rather than those of the indigenous peoples?

  • What are the challenges of writing the history of marginalised people?

  • Overall, from which perspective should history be written?

Michael Dunn,

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