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Seminar I: The Political Cult of the Dead

  • Is there a link between private mourning and the ‘political cult of the dead’?
  • Is it always possible to give death in war a national meaning?
  • Did memorial culture in interwar Poland integrate or divide the nation?
  • Which role did the First World War play in the Soviet Union?
  • What are the main characteristics of the Bolshevik ‘Political Cult of the Dead’?


Essential Reading

Mosse, George L., Fallen Soldiers. Reshaping the Memory of the World War (New York/Oxford, 1990), pp. 70-106 [= Chapter 5: ‘The Cult of the Fallen Soldier’]

Stockdale, Melissa K., ‘United in Gratitude: Honoring Soldiers and Defining the Nation in Russia’s Great War’, Kritika, 7 (2006), pp. 459-485.

Cohen, Aaron J., ‘Oh, That? Myth, Memory, and World War I in the Russian Emigration and the Soviet Union, Slavic Review, 62 (2003), pp. 69-86.

Laqueur, Thomas W., ‘Memory and Naming in the Great War’, in Gillis, Commemorations, pp. 150-185.

Mick, Christoph, ‘Experiences of War and Conflicting Memories – Poles, Ukrainians and Jews in Lvov 1914-1939’, in: Dubnow Yearbook, 4 (2005), 257-278.

Additional Reading

Gregory, Adrian, The Silence of Memory. Armistice Day 1919-1946 (Oxford/Providence, 1994), pp. 8-50 (= Chapter 1: ‘Lest we forget: The Invention and Reception of Armistice Day’)

Merridale, Catherine, ‘War, Death, and Remembrance in Soviet Russia’, in Winter and Sivan, War and Remembrance, pp. 61-83.


Lviv, October 29, 1925