Zdzisław Krasnodębski, Stefan Garsztecki, Rüdiger Ritter (eds.) (2012)

Politics, History and Collective Memory in East Central Europe

Verlag Reinhold Krämer Verlag
Erscheinungsort Hamburg
Seitenzahl(en) 400
Sprache Englisch

ISBN: 978-3-89622-110-0

The essays included in this volume show different aspects of dealing with the past in Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine and its political context and consequence. The four countries in this study remain historically intertwined and politically closely connected. Many places of memory, as for instance the cities Vilnius/Wilno, Grodno and Lviv/Lwow, are geographically the same and simultaneously have different meaning in each narration. The common historical past, although often contested, is an important reference point in the process of creation or reformulation of national identity. All four countries also have to deal with their communist past. The way in which they are doing it and how they politically and economically use their freedom is influenced by their new collective self-definitions.


  • Introduction: Zdzislaw Krasnodebski, Stefan Garsztecki, Rüdiger Ritter (Bremen): Myth, Lieux de Mémoire, and Collective Memory in Public Discourse
  • Part I: Politics with history after 1989 between overcoming of the past and new beginning
  • Zdzislaw Krasnodebski (Bremen/Warsaw): Solidarity: Contested Memory
  • Mykola Riabchuk (Kiev): Revising the Totalitarian Legacy in a Post-Colonial Country: Ukraines Post-1991 Experience
  • Pawel Machcewicz (Warsaw): The Institute of National Remembrance and the Legacy of Communism in Poland
  • Arvydas Anušauskas (Vilnius): Politics and history in Lithuania
  • Part II: Conflicts around lieux de memoire and foundation myths: East Central Europe and its relations to the Russian Federation
  • Darius Staliûnas (Vilnius): The Uprising of 1863 as a Lithuanian Place of Memory
  • Genadz Saganovich (Minsk): Contested Interpretation of the Battle of Orsha in 1514 in Belarusian and Russian Lieux de Mémoire
  • Andrzej Nowak (Kraków): Russia, Empire, and Evil: Dilemmas and Temptations in Contemporary Russian Political Imagination
  • Part III: The Second World War as a Crucial Event for Collective Memory
  • Stefan Garsztecki (Chemnitz): Memories of the Holocaust and the Jewish heritage in Belarus and Poland
  • Eugeniusz Mironowicz (Bialystok): Belarusian Guerrilla Fighters, 1941–44
  • Marek Jan Chodakiewicz (Washington): The Chain of Memory, Interrupted
  • Vladyslav Grynevych (Kiev): The Myth of War and the War of Myths: The Second World War in Mind of Ukrainian Society
  • Part IV: Town as Lieu de Memoire: Common or Shared Mental Map?
  • Rüdiger Ritter (Bremen): Building Collective Memory: The Old Town of Vilnius
  • Egle Rindzevièiûte (Stockholm): The City of Sovereigns: Governing Vilnius through Lieu de Mémoire
  • Stanislaw Stêpieñ (Przemysl): Przemysl, A Multiethnic Town on the Polish-Ukrainian Border
  • Viktoria Sereda (Lviv): The Changing Symbolic Landscape of Lviv
  • Vyacheslav Shved (Grodno): Ethnic Groups, History, and Memory in Grodno

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