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Post-Communist Poland – Contested Pasts and Future Identities

1st Edition

By Ewa Ochman


206 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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This book explores the reinterpretations of Poland’s past which have been undertaken by Polish national and local elites since the fall of communism. It focuses on remembrance practices and traces the de-commemorating of communism to examine the ways in which collective remembering and forgetting shapes present power constellations in Poland and impacts on foreign and domestic policy. The book outlines the detail of the new hegemonic national myths which are being established but also investigates fragmentation and diversification of commemorative practices at the local level that has the most potential to challenge the dominant vision of national Polish identity, historically centred on martyrdom, heroism and independence, as less relevant to Poland’s new aspirations for the future.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1 1. Poland in Transition and Reckoning with the Past 2. National Mythologies and the Re-shaping of Memorial Landscape 3. European Memory and Common History Projects Part 2 4. Legislating Sites of National Memory 5. Legislating the De-communisation of Public Space 6. The Enduring Legacy of the People’s Republic Part 3 7. Municipalities and the Search for the Local Past 8. Contested Local Past and Fragmented Politics of Memory 9. Monuments, Commemorative Space and Rescaling of Memory Conclusion

About the Author

Ewa Ochman is an Academic Fellow in the Department of Russian and east European Studies, University of Manchester, UK.

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:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General