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McGlynn, Jade — Jones, Oliver T. (eds.): Researching Memory and Identity in Russia and Eastern Europe Interdisciplinary Methodologies


The reviewed book provides an ambitious contribution to the study of historical politics and the politics of memory. The politics of memory refers to a specific interdisciplinary area of political science that investigates how the state and other individual actors influence the perception of the past in different states. The volume covers the region where the deep scars of past violence are misused and instrumentalized in the conduct of everyday politics, with extensive discussions of theoretical starting points and methodological approaches. The authors try to answer questions such as how to measure historical memory, ensure subjectivity does not interfere with the study of memory, and ensure memory is represented accurately in media and literature.


memory, identity, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, methodology

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