196 Pages
    by Routledge

    210 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited collection offers an empirical exploration of social memory in the context of politics, war, identity and culture. With a substantive focus on Eastern Europe, it employs the methodologies of visual studies, content and discourse analysis, in-depth interviews and surveys to substantiate how memory narratives are composed and rewritten in changing ideological and political contexts. The book examines various historical events, including the Russian-Afghan war of 1979-89 and World War II, and considers public and local rituals, monuments and museums, textbook accounts, gender and the body. As such it provides a rich picture of post-socialist memory construction and function based in interdisciplinary memory studies.

    Introduction  Part I: Policy of History and Memory in Different Socio-Cultural Contexts  1.The Politics of History in Poland and Germany, Michał Łuczewski, Paulina Bednarz-Łuczewska, Tomasz Maślanka  2. Collective memory and its Cultural Antecedents in Russia, Michail Chernysh  3. Between Past and Present: The forming of views on history in the Czech Republic, Jiří Šubrt  Part II: Cultural Memory Through School Textbooks  4. Discourse Analysis of School History Textbooks in Russia: Representation of the Afghanistan War, Elizaveta Polukhina, Alexander Malyugin  5. Between Memory and History - cultural memory in Polish school history books in the years 1945-2011. Analysis of three historical events, Ilona Gołębiewska  6. From Soviet to Ukrainian History Textbooks: Conflicts of interpretation, Oksana Danilenko  Part III: Memory Representations in Social Space  7. The Space of Memory in Afghanistan War Museum, Irina Tartakovskaya, Elena Rozhdestvenskaya  8. War After War. The WWII memorials as memory sites - the case of Warsaw, Krystyna Ewa Siellawa-Kolbowska  9. Local Authorities, Memory Sites and the City Space, Anna Strelnikova  Part IV: Narrating Memory  10. Wounded Memory and Collective Identity, Victoria Semenova  11. Afghan Veterans: Resonance of memory, Elena Rozhdestvenskaya  12. Veteran Web Sites as Mirrors for a Forgotten War, Irina Ksenofontova  Part V: Memory and Gender  13. Constructing Masculinity from the War Spirit, Irina Tartakovskaya  14. Body, Memory and Emotions of Male Members of the Army with Direct Experience of War, Alexandrina Vanke


    Elena Rozhdestvenskaya works as Professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation.

    Victoria Semenova is Professor and Head of the Department of Qualitative Research at the Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Federation.

    Irina Tartakovskaya works as Senior Researcher at the Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Federation.

    Krzysztof Kosela is Dean of the Department, Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw, Poland.

    "In conclusion, Collective Memories in War should be of great interest to students of sociology, international relations and comparative politics, the history of East Central Europe and Russia, users of biographical methods, and experts in psychological traumas of wars and memory."

    - Lyudmila Nurse, Director, Oxford XXI Think Tank, UK, Honorary Research Fellow, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, UK