Baltic Socialism Remembered: Memory and Life Story since 1989, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Baltic Socialism Remembered

Memory and Life Story since 1989, 1st Edition

Edited by Ene Kõresaar

Routledge

154 pages

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What does it mean to tell a life story?

How is one’s memory of communism shaped by family, profession, generation and religion?

Do post-communist Baltic states embrace similar memories?

The Baltic states represent not only a geographical but also a mnemonic region. The mental maps of people who live on this territory are shaped by memories of Soviet socialism. Baltic Socialism Remembered captures the workings of the memory of diverse groups of people who inhabit the region: teachers, officials, young people, women, believers. It comes as no surprise that their memories do not overlap, but often contradict to other groups and to official narratives. Baltic Socialism Remembered is a rare attempt to engage with the mnemonic worlds of social groups and individuals rather than with memory politics and monumental history. The contributors try to chart unpredictable ways in which public and national memory affect individual memory, and vice versa. Understanding complexity and diversity of memory workings in such compact region as the Baltic states will enable a more nuanced policy-making.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Journal of Baltic Studies.

Table of Contents

1.Life story as cultural memory: making and mediating Baltic socialism since 1989

In memoriam: Aili Aarelaid-Tart

Ene Kõresaar

2. Re-educating teachers: ways and consequences of Sovietization in Estonia and Latvia (1940–1960) from the biographical perspective

Aigi Rahi-Tamm and Irēna Šutinienė

3. Points of memory in the narrative of a ‘Mnemonic Warrior’: gender, displacement, and the anti-Soviet war of resistance in Lithuania

Dovilė Budrytė

4. Memory of socialism and the Russian Orthodox believers in Estonia

Irina Paert

5. The construction of continuous self in the life stories of former Soviet officials in Lithuania

Irēna Šutinienė

6. Between improvisation and inevitability: former Latvian officials’ memoirs of the Soviet era

Mārtiņš Kaprāns

7. We were the children of a romantic era: nostalgia and the nonideological everyday through the perspective of a ‘Silent Generation’

Kirsti Jõesalu

About the Editor

Ene Kõresaar is an Associate Professor of Ethnology at the University of Tartu, Estonia. Her main research fields are memory of World War II and socialism, oral history and life writing; she has also published on commemorative journalism and museums. She has edited and co-authored several books on cultural memory and life stories with a particular focus on post-communist developments.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General