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Communism and memory politics in the European Union

Clarke, David 2014. Communism and memory politics in the European Union. Central Europe 12 (1) , pp. 99-114. 10.1179/1479096314Z.00000000018

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This article assesses the potential for memory of communism to become part of the EU’s memory culture by comparing three contrasting case studies: the Baltic states, Hungary, and Germany. It argues that, rather than the emergence of a western European memory culture that is challenged by a uniform eastern memory culture within the EU, as some commentators have claimed, the different positions of EU member states tend to be conditioned by a range of domestic and international factors. In terms of the promotion of the memory of communism within the EU, these factors can vary significantly from state to state, demonstrating the continued dominance of the national frame in the mobilization of historical memory.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Publisher: University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies / Maney Publishing
ISSN: 1479-0963
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2019 12:15

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