FURTHER European Union integration is being promoted to schoolchildren through skewed versions of history, one of Britain’s leading historians has warned.
Professor David Abulafia, a Cambridge University don, described how school textbooks are favouring a misleading idea of citizenships to create a sense of historical European unity.
He said the push for EU integration was already prominent in Germany and France – but is now staring to «creep in» to Britain.
He told The Telegraph: «There is a soft push to create a sense of European citizenship which is based on frankly an invented common history because the history of Europe is to a large extent the history of division, not the history of unity.
«When it has been the history of unity, as we’ve seen under Napoleon and Hitler or under the Soviets in Eastern Europe, it has gone disastrously wrong. It is a papering over the discordant elements in European history to create this idealised event.»