1st Edition

The Politics of Memory in Poland and Ukraine
From Reconciliation to De-Conciliation

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ISBN 9780367861728
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
304 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Bringing together the work of sociologists, historians and political scientists, this book explores the increasing importance of the politics of memory in central and eastern European states since the end of communism, with a particular focus on relations between Ukraine and Poland. Through studies of the representation of the past and the creation of memory in education, mass media and on a local level, it examines the responses of Polish and Ukrainian authorities and public institutions to questions surrounding historical issues between the two nations. At a time of growing renationalisation in domestic politics in the region, brought about by challenges connected with migration and fear of Russian military activity, this volume asks whether international cooperation and the stability of democracy are under. An exploration of the changes in national historical culture, The Politics of Memory in Poland and Ukraine will appeal to scholars with interests in memory studies, national identity and the implications of memory-making for contemporary relations between states.

Table of Contents


Tomasz Stryjek and Joanna Konieczna-Sałamatin

Part I: Past Roots and Contemporary Manifestations of Differences in the Historical Cultures of Poland and Ukraine

1. Polish-Ukrainian Historical Controversies: An Overview

Andrii Portnov

2. Politics of Memory in Ukrainian-Polish Relations, its Roots and Consequences: Poland’s Hyper-Activeness and Ukraine`S Reactiveness

Oleksandr Grytsenko

3. Toward an Intellectual Genealogy of the Conservative Turn in Contemporary Poland: The Case of Arcana Magazine

Volodymyr Sklokin

4. Contemporary Social Actors of Memory Vis-A-Vis the 1939‒1947 Polish-Ukrainian Conflict:Typology and Interactions

Marek Wojnar

Part II: State Historical Education: Goals, Values, Content, Performers, and Mechanisms

5. What History? What Homeland? Nationalization of History in the School Education Before the Breakthroughs in 2014–2015 and After

Marta Studenna-Skrukwa

6. Scholar, Organizer, Witness, and More: Multiple Roles of History Teachers in Contemporary Ukraine

Natalia Otrishchenko

7. Nation Building and School History Lessons in Ukraine After 2014

Kateryna Pryshchepa

8. Culture of Peace in Development and Regression: Ukrainian Culture in Polish Culture in the 20th Century and Today

Andrzej Szpociński

9. Opponents in Battle, Allies in Suffering: A Dualistic Picture of Poland and Poles in Ukrainian History Textbooks

Dagmara Moskwa

Part III: Media as a Creator and a Transmitter of Representations of the Past

10. History and the Media. Historical Discourse in the Polish Media on the 100th Anniversary of Poland’s Independence

Marek Troszyński

11. Historical References in Ukrainian Media

Lyudmyla Males and Bohdan Motuzenko

Part IV: History, Collective Memory and Social Actors in the Local Communities

12. Memory Capital in a Local Community: The Wąchock CaseStudy

Barbara Markowska

13. The Chyhyryn Remembrance Node

Grzegorz Demel


Volodymyr Sklokin

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Tomasz Stryjek is Associate Professor and Head of the Eastern Historical Department at the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland.

Joanna Konieczna-Sałamatin is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Sociology at the University of Warsaw, Poland.