Memory and Change in Europe. Eastern Perspectives

memory and changeEdited by Małgorzata Pakier and Joanna Wawrzyniak

Foreword by Jeffrey Olick

The book was published as a result of the first editions of the "Genealogies of Memory" project, organised by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity and coordinated by the editors of the volume, Małgorzata Pakier and Joanna Wawrzyniak.

In studies of a common European past, there is a significant lack of scholarship on the former Eastern Bloc countries. While understanding the importance of shifting the focus of European memory eastward, contributors to this volume avoid the trap of Eastern European exceptionalism, an assumption that this region's experiences are too unique to render them comparable to the rest of Europe. They offer a reflection on memory from an Eastern European historical perspective, one that can be measured against, or applied to, historical experience in other parts of Europe. In this way, the authors situate studies on memory in Eastern Europe within the broader debate on European memory.


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Table of Contents:

Foreword
Jeffrey Olick

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Memory and Change in Eastern Europe: How Special?
Małgorzata Pakier and Joanna Wawrzyniak


PART I: MEMORY DIALOGUES AND MONOLOGUES


Chapter 1. The Transformative Power of Memory
Aleida Assmann

Chapter 2. Political Correctness and Memories Constructed for 'Eastern Europe'
Andrzej Nowak


PART II: EUROPE AS A (UNIQUE) MEMORY FRAMEWORK?


Chapter 3. The (non-)Travelling Concept of Les Lieux de Mémoire: Central and Eastern European Perspectives
Maciej Górny and Kornelia Kończal

Chapter 4. Ain't Nothing Special
Sławomir Kapralski

Chapter 5. Biographical and Collective Memory: Mutual Influences in Central and Eastern European Context
Kaja Kaźmierska


PART III: EASTERN EUROPEAN MEMORIES FACING HISTORICAL CHANGE AND CULTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS


Chapter 6. The Path of Bringing the Dark to Light: Memory of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe
Joanna Beata Michlic

Chapter 7. The Rise of an East European Community of Memory? On Lobbying for the Gulag Memory via Brussels
Lidia Zessin-Jurek

Chapter 8. Two Concepts of Victimhood: Property Restitution in the Czech Republic and Poland after 1989
Stanisław Tyszka

Chapter 9. Shared Memory Culture? Nationalizing the 'Great Patriotic War' in the Ukrainian-Russian Borderlands
Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Chapter 10. History, Politics and Memory (Ukraine 1990s – 2000s)
Georgiy Kasianov

Chapter 11. Walking Memory through City Space in Sevastopol, Crimea
Judy Brown


PART IV: FOCI OF MEMORIES IN EASTERN EUROPE


Chapter 12. World War II in the Memory of Contemporary Polish Society
Piotr Tadeusz Kwiatkowski

Chapter 13. Auschwitz and Katyń in Bondage of Politics: The Process of Shaping Memory in Communist Poland
Jacek Chrobaczyński and Piotr Trojański

Chapter 14. Germans in Eastern Europe as a Polish-German Lieu de Mémoire? On the Asymmetry of Memories
Matthias Weber

Chapter 15. Remembering Collectivization in Bulgaria
Iana Iancheva

Chapter 16. Uses and Misuses of Memory: Dealing with Communist Past in Postcommunist Bulgaria and Romania
Claudia-Florentina Dobre

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