Baltic Socialism Remembered: Memory and Life Story since 1989

1st Edition

Ene Kõresaar

Published October 31, 2017
Reference - 154 Pages
ISBN 9781138560055 - CAT# Y381073


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What does it mean to tell a life story?

How is one’s memory of communism shaped by family, profession, generation and religion?

Do post-communist Baltic states embrace similar memories?

The Baltic states represent not only a geographical but also a mnemonic region. The mental maps of people who live on this territory are shaped by memories of Soviet socialism. Baltic Socialism Remembered captures the workings of the memory of diverse groups of people who inhabit the region: teachers, officials, young people, women, believers. It comes as no surprise that their memories do not overlap, but often contradict to other groups and to official narratives. Baltic Socialism Remembered is a rare attempt to engage with the mnemonic worlds of social groups and individuals rather than with memory politics and monumental history. The contributors try to chart unpredictable ways in which public and national memory affect individual memory, and vice versa. Understanding complexity and diversity of memory workings in such compact region as the Baltic states will enable a more nuanced policy-making.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Journal of Baltic Studies.


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