Nesting Orientalisms at War: World War II and the 'Memory War' in Eastern Europe

Malksoo, Maria (2013) Nesting Orientalisms at War: World War II and the 'Memory War' in Eastern Europe. In: Barkawi, Tarak and Stanski, Keith, eds. Orientalism and War. Columbia University Press/Hurst, New York, US, pp. 177-195. ISBN 9780199327782. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327782.001.0001) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This chapter puts cultural constructions informed by Orientalism in the context of the contemporary “memory war” over the meaning and legacy of World War II in Eastern Europe. Drawing on the concept of nesting Orientalisms, the chapter demonstrates how Russia and its former satellites in Eastern Europe (e.g., the Baltic states, Poland, Ukraine) try to depict each other as “less European” in the face of “the West” in order to gain the latter’s recognition of one’s own comparatively “more European” nature. Western readings of these East European memory wars of World War II add another interesting layer of Orientalism to the study, as due to the constitutive role of “the East” for “the West”, these conflicts over memory are culturally and socially productive for Western European identities as well.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Russia, Baltic states, Poland, Ukraine, communist legacy, remembering World War II, memory war, Eastern Europe
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Conflict Analysis Research Centre
Depositing User: M. Malksoo
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2016 12:52 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 08:49 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57079 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Malksoo, Maria: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7110-2050
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