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The Memory Politics of Becoming European: The East European Subalterns and the Collective Memory of Europe

Malksoo, Maria (2009) The Memory Politics of Becoming European: The East European Subalterns and the Collective Memory of Europe. European Journal of International Relations, 15 (4). pp. 653-680. ISSN 1354-0661. (doi:10.1177/1354066109345049)

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The situation in collective memory studies that share a nexus with the discipline of International Relations (IR) is currently reflective of the traditionally West-centric writing of European history. This order of things has become increasingly challenged after the eastern enlargement of the European Union (EU). This article examines Poland’s and the Baltics’ recent attempts to enlarge the mnemonic vision of ‘the united Europe’ by placing their ‘subaltern pasts’ in contest with the conventionally Western European-bent understanding of the consequences of World War II in Europe. I argue that their endeavours to wrench the ‘European mnemonical map’ apart in order to become more congruent with the different historical experiences within the enlarged EU encapsulate the curious trademark of Polish and Baltic post-Cold War politics of becoming European: their combination of simultaneously seeking recognition from and resisting the hegemonic ‘core European’ narrative of what ‘Europe’ is all about.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1354066109345049
Uncontrolled keywords: Baltic states; legacy of communism; memory politics; Poland; World War II
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Global Europe Centre
Depositing User: M. Malksoo
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2016 11:17 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:46 UTC
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