Marv, this may, by chance, be a very bad example. The restriction of the teaching of German history to post WWII was a deliberate policy intended to prevent any resurgence of naziism. [I guess they didn't believe Santayana.] From recent news articles I understand they are seriously re-evaluating this. Indeed it may already have changed. On the general topic of the thread here is one thing to consider. I could fly from Aberdeen, in the north of Scotland to Amsterdam, take the train through the Netherlands, Belgium and northern France to Paris, hire a car and drive to the channel, ferry across, on to London and a flight back to Aberdeen. Four countries (five if you count Scotland seperately), three capital cities (four counting Brussels, five if you accept Aberdeen as the 'oil capital of Europe' Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! ). Now make a similar trip in the US (in most cases without the benefit of a train) . How about Houston, Midland/Oddessa, San Antonio, Houston. And I haven't even set foot outside Texas. It is a huge country. Its relatively high degree of self-sufficiency means that for work or pleasure the average American does not need to leave the country, and if she does so it is logistically much more complex than it is for a European. That said when I lived in the US I did tend to feel that The Dallas Morning News considered something about Oklahoma to be international news. Parochialism? I'm on a roll. There is a story that the Aberdeen Press and Journal carried a headline in the early part of the 20th century which read Three North East Men Drown at Sea. The article was about the Titanic.