History, Memory and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe: Memory Games

Hardcover | February 8, 2013

EditorGeorges Mink, Laure Neumayer

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Twenty years after the end of communism, history still sparks intense discussions in the former Soviet bloc, as contested memories, primarily about communism and WWII, are constantly reactivated. Much of what is currently known about memory issues in post-communist countries is limited to state-centered approaches. This volume goes further and highlights two interrelated factors that account for the recent proliferation of memory games in Central and Eastern Europe: the growing number of political and social actors who try to elaborate and impose new memory norms into society, thereby challenging traditional narratives about the past; the 'internationalization' of conflicted memories through the multiplication of arenas for engaging in remembrance politics and devising memory policies, in accordance with norms produced by European organizations. In contrast to a narrow understanding of 'transitional justice', this collection of fourteen case studies situates conflicts around painful histories within the 'ordinary' operating of post-communist societies, concentrating on games played by political and administrative elites, activists and professional groups in various local, national and European venues.

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Twenty years after the end of communism, history still sparks intense discussions in the former Soviet bloc, as contested memories, primarily about communism and WWII, are constantly reactivated. Much of what is currently known about memory issues in post-communist countries is limited to state-centered approaches. This volume goes fur...

Georges Mink is Senior Researcher, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France.   Laure Neumayer is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Unversite Paris, France.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 10.78 × 5.75 × 0.98 inPublished:February 8, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230354335

ISBN - 13:9780230354333

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Table of Contents

Introduction; G.Mink & L.Neumayer
PART I: MOBILIZATIONS AROUND MEMORY: NEW ACTORS, NEW ISSUES
Would-Be Guardians Of Memory. An Association Of Camp Inmates Of The 1992-1995 Bosnian War Under Ethnographic Scrutiny; C.Jouhanneau
The Russian Orthodox Church And Reconciliation With The Soviet Past; K.Rousselet
'You Still Live Far From The Motherland, But You Are Her Son, Her Daughter'. War Memory And Soviet Mental Space (1945-2011); M.Venken
Pilgrimages To The Edge Of The Fallen Empire - An Anthropological Study Of Finnish And Hungarian Pilgrimages To World War II Memorials In Post-Soviet Russia; E.Fisli & J.Parot
Memory At The Margins: The Shoah In Ukraine (1991-2011); S.Fainberg
PART II: MEMORY POLICIES AND HISTORICAL NARRATIVES: HOW DO STATES DEAL WITH MEMORIES OF THE PAST?
Elites' Games In The Field Of Memory: Insights From Lithuania; I.Matonyte
The Chernobyl Nuclear Accident And Identity Strategies In Belarus; T.Kasperski
Dealing With The Past In Central And Southern European Democracies: Comparing Spain And Poland; F.Raimundo
Institutions Of National Memory In Post-Communist Europe: From Transitional Justice To Political Uses Of Biographies (1989-2010); G.Mink
PART III: INTERNATIONAL NORMS AND 'GEOPOLITICS OF MEMORY'
Memory Wars And Reconciliation In The Ukrainian-Polish Borderlands: Geopolitics Of Memory From A Local Perspective; T.Zhurzhenko
Memory Of The Soviet Union And European Norms On Diversity As Rival Frames For Ethnic Boundary Making: A Case Study In Latvia's Russian-Speaking Schools; P.Bonnard
Creating European Norms Of Reconciliation: The Involvement Of The Council Of Europe And The OSCE In The Controversy On The Hungarian 'Status Law'; L.Neumayer
The Rejection Of International Criminal Law In West Germany After WWII; G.Mouralis
History As A Tool For Foreign Policy In The Baltic States After Independence; P.Perchoc
Conclusion; G.Mink & L.Neumayer