Remembrance and Solidarity. Studies in 20th Century European History is a is a platform for exchange of views between researchers of the history of Central Europe. Texts published on the website will form the basis of scientific studies. The bulletin is addressed to the scientific community (academic staff, undergraduates, graduate students, etc.) as well as a broad group of history enthusiasts (teachers and other interested individuals).
The usual subjects of memory studies – wars, revolutions, genocides. and other political upheavals – are clearly marked by museums and monuments, and return to public consciousness at regular, rounded intervals. In contrast, economic crises are less likely to be commemorated by states, and they usually have no clear anniversary moments.
Yet economic crises – depressions, recessions, famines, shortages, and hyperinflation – also have a tenacious, if less obvious, hold on popular memory. Indeed, memories of war and revolution often center on the economic experience of those events. The physical, psychic, and material effects of such crises may long outlast more easily commemorable phenomena. Our era of recurring systemic crises provides a vantage point from which to consider how societies, cultures, and institutions are and have been marked by the memory of previous events.
Remembrance and Solidarity Studies in 20th Century European History is inviting articles for the upcoming issue of the journal. Next issue will be devoted to First World War centenary, its imprint on national memory, social groups, and individual’s memories. We encourage authors to treat 1914-1918 as the starting point and impulse for discussion about memory of other armed conflicts in the twentieth century. We would like you to examine and discuss the origins and evolution of perceiving world wars, regional, and local conflicts, while paying attention to the means and methods of commemorating these tragic events. Preferred will be are comparative studies on how different conflicts are remembered in different countries and on remembering the same event by different nations and groups.