Memory, the City and the Legacy of World War II in East Central Europe: The Ghosts of Others, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Memory, the City and the Legacy of World War II in East Central Europe

The Ghosts of Others, 1st Edition

By Uilleam Blacker


272 pages

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Hardback: 9781138914360
pub: 2019-06-19
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After the Second World War, millions of people across Eastern Europe, displaced as a result of wartime destruction, deportations and redrawing of state boundaries, found themselves living in cities that were filled with the traces of the foreign cultures of the former inhabitants. In the immediate post-war period these traces were not acknowledged, the new inhabitants going along with official policies of oblivion, the national narratives of new post-war regimes, and the memorialising of the victors. In time, however, and increasingly over recent decades, the former "other pasts" have been embraced and taken on board as part of local cultural memory. This book explores this interesting and increasingly important phenomenon. It examines official ideologies, popular memory, literature, film, memorialisation and tourism to show how other pasts are being incorporated into local cultural memory. It relates these developments to cultural theory; and argues that the relationship between urban space, cultural memory and identity in Eastern Europe is increasingly becoming a question not only of cultural politics, but also of consumption and choice, alongside a tendency towards the cosmopolitanisation of memory.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Memory of Lost Others and the City as Text. 2. Absence, Ruins and Remembering. 3. Martyrdom, Memory and the Other City. 4. Thrills, Chills and Sensations: Lost Others in Consumer and Popular Culture. 5. Popular Literature and Lost Others. 6. City, Text and Photograph, Conclusion

About the Author

Uilleam Blacker is a lecturer in comparative Russian and East European culture at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London.

About the Series

BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies

This series is published on behalf of BASEES (the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies). The series comprises original, high-quality, research-level work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Russian, Soviet, post-Soviet and East European Studies in humanities and social science subjects.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies