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Seminar J: Traumatic Experiences

  • How do nations deal with traumatic experiences?
  • What effect did the Second World War have on Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian collective memory?
  • How did the Bolsheviks’ approach to Russian national history change between 1917 and 1945?
  • How did the Soviet Government try to make Ukrainian and Russian nationalism compatible?
  • How do different Polish, Jewish, Russian, Ukrainian memories of the Second World War affect the mutual relationship of these nations?


Essential Reading

Davies Heart of Europe, pp. 55-94 [= Chapter 2: ‘The Legacy of Defeat: Poland’s Wartime Experience, 1939-1947’]

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

Westwood, Endurance and Endeavour, pp. 337-362 [= Chapter 14: ‘The Great Patriotic War’].

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

Wrobel, Piotr, ‘Double Memory: Poles and Jews After the Holocaust’, East European Politics and Societies, 11 ( Fall 1997), pp. 560-574.

Additional Reading

Wolentarska-Ochman, Ewa, ‘Collective Remembrance in Jedwabne. Unsettled Memory of World War II in Post-Communist Poland, History and Memory, 18 (2006), pp. 152-175.

Kapralski, Sławomir, ‘The Jedwabne Village Green? The Memory and Counter-Memory of the Crime’, History and Memory, 18 (2006), pp. 176-194.

Wolentarska-Ochman, Ewa, ‘Response to Sławomir Kapralski’, in History and Memory, 18 (2006), pp. 195-197

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

Subtelny, Ukraine, pp. 403-424 [= Chapter 21: ‘Soviet Ukraine: The Traumatic Thirties’].

The Small Insurgent, Warsaw