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History, Memory and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe

Memory Games

  • Georges Mink
  • Laure Neumayer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Georges Mink, Laure Neumayer
      Pages 1-20
  3. Mobilizations around Memory: New Actors, New Issues

  4. Memory Policies and Historical Narratives: How Do States Deal with Memories of the Past?

  5. International Norms and ‘Geopolitics of Memory’

  6. Conclusion

    1. Georges Mink, Laure Neumayer
      Pages 257-260

About this book


Fourteen specialists of Central and Eastern European politics explore memory policies and politics by examining how and why contested memories are constantly reactivated in the former Soviet bloc. The book explores how new social and political actors can challenge the traditional narratives about the past produced by state bodies.


communism European Politic European Politics foreign policy geopolitics Institution Policy Polis politics war World War I World War II

Editors and affiliations

  • Georges Mink
    • 1
    • 2
  • Laure Neumayer
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Social Sciences of PoliticsCNRSFrance
  2. 2.College of EuropeNatolinPoland
  3. 3.Université Paris 1 Panthéon SorbonneParisFrance

About the editors

GEORGES MINK is Senior Researcher, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France.
LAURE NEUMAYER is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Unversite Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France.

Bibliographic information


A fascinating book! This is a must read for anyone interested in the issue of coming to terms with difficult collective past by European societies'.

Jan T. Gross, Professor of History, Princeton University, USA

'History of Central and Eastern Europe was boisterous. No wonder that it is present not only in memory but also in everyday life of many Central and Eastern Europeans. The volume gives an impressive insight into the complicated past of this region while, at the same time, convincingly showing how historical memory shapes our life to-day. Each student of European affairs will greatly benefit from this volume'.

Edmund Wnuk-Lipi?ski, Professor of Sociology, Collegium Civitas, Warsaw, Poland

'This brilliant and thoughtful book demonstrates that any process of Europeanization of histories and memories has to abandon the cliché that the Eastern and Central Europe situation was mainly influenced by the Western and Holocaust oriented 'memory boom'. On the contrary, the case studies presented here show to what extent memorialization in former Communist countries has followed its own path since the 1990s, and how it will probably change our perception of European history and politics since 1945'.

Henry Rousso, Senior Researcher, Institut d'histoire du temps présent, CNRS, Paris, France