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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) (KAR id:57070)


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: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Maria Malksoo
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2016 11:17 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 13:43 UTC
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