Post-Communist Poland – Contested Pasts and Future Identities

1st Edition

Ewa Ochman

Routledge
Published September 4, 2015
Reference - 206 Pages - 9 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138956506 - CAT# Y206749
Series: BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies

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Summary

This book explores the reinterpretations of Poland’s past which have been undertaken by Polish national and local elites since the fall of communism. It focuses on remembrance practices and traces the de-commemorating of communism to examine the ways in which collective remembering and forgetting shapes present power constellations in Poland and impacts on foreign and domestic policy. The book outlines the detail of the new hegemonic national myths which are being established but also investigates fragmentation and diversification of commemorative practices at the local level that has the most potential to challenge the dominant vision of national Polish identity, historically centred on martyrdom, heroism and independence, as less relevant to Poland’s new aspirations for the future.

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