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Liminality and Contested Europeanness: Conflicting Memory Politics in the Baltic Space

Malksoo, Maria (2009) Liminality and Contested Europeanness: Conflicting Memory Politics in the Baltic Space. In: Berg, Eiki and Ehin, Piret, eds. Identity and Foreign Policy: Baltic-Russian Relations in the Context of European Integration. Ashgate (now Routledge, Taylor and Francis Ltd), Aldershot, UK, pp. 65-83. ISBN 978-0-7546-7329-3. (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 unfolds the competitive claims for Europeanness in the context of the acrimonious diplomatic confrontation between Russia and Estonia over the relocation of a Soviet war memorial (the so-called "Bronze Soldier") in Tallinn in the spring of 2007. I argue the "Bronze Soldier"-controversy to be, on the one hand, emblematic of the post-communist Baltic states' re-appropriation of their suppressed pasts, and their consequent attempts to seek Western support for influencing Russia to acknowledge the troubled legacy of communism in the region. Russia's painful reaction to Estonia's decision to relocate the war memorial commemorating the country's "liberation" by the Soviet Union is, on the other hand, indicative of its difficulties in coming to terms with the mnemopolitical emancipation of its former dependents as well as of its agonizing identity-building struggles in the post-Soviet era more generally.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Bronze Soldier; Russia; Estonia: Soviet legacy: memory politics; liminality; European identity
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
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 > Global Europe Centre
Depositing User: M. Malksoo
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2016 13:06 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:46 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57080 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Malksoo, Maria: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7110-2050
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