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Week 10, Lecture 18: Memory Conflicts Seminar R: Giving national meaning to war

  • What role does the Second World War play in Soviet, Polish and Ukrainian memorial culture?
  • How do different Polish, Jewish, Russian, Ukrainian memories of the Second World War affect the mutual relationship of these nations?
  • Analyse the different layers of meaning of the Warsaw Ghetto Monument.

Essential Reading

Weiner, Amir, ‘The Making of a Dominant Myth: The Second World War and the Construction of Political Identities within the Soviet Polity’, Russian Review 55 (1996), pp. 638-660.

Davies Heart of Europe, pp. 55-94 [= Chapter 2: ‘The Legacy of Defeat: Poland’s Wartime Experience, 1939-1947’] (electronic resource – University Library)

Subtelny, Ukraine, pp. 481-495 [= Chapter 24: ‘Ukraine during the Second World War’].

Young, James E., ‘The Biography of a Memorial Icon: Nathan Rapoport’s Warsaw Ghetto Monument’, Representations, 26 (1989), pp. 69-106. JSTOR

Additional Reading and Viewing

Edkins, Trauma and the Memory of Politics, pp. 111-174 [= Chapter 4: ‘Concentration Camp Memorials and Museums: Dachau and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’]

Schleifman, Nurit, ‘Moscow’s Victory Park: A Monumental Change’, History and Memory, 13 (2001), pp. 5-34. (electronic resource – University Library) (Mark Hatlie)

Snyder, Timothy, ‘The Causes of Ukrainian-Polish Ethnic Cleansing 1943’, Past & Present 179 (2003), pp. 197-234.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Yekelchyk, Serhy, ‘Stalinist Patriotism as Imperial Discourse: Reconciling the Ukrainian and Russian “Heroic Pasts” 1939-1945’, Kritika, 3 (2002), pp. 51-80. (electronic resource – University Library)

Edkins, Jenny, Trauma and the Memory of Politics (Cambridge, 2003), pp. 1-20 [= Chapter 1: ‘Introduction: Trauma, Violence and Political Community’].

Esbenshade, Richard S., ‘Remembering to Forget: Memory, History, National Identity in Postwar Central Europe’, Representations, 49 (1995), pp. 72-96.

Kapralski, Sławomir, 'Battlefields of Memory': Landscape and Identity in Polish-Jewish Relations', History and Memory, 13 (2001), pp. 35-58. (electronic resource – University Library)