Collective Traumas

Memories of War and Conflict in 20th-Century Europe

by Conny Mithander (Volume editor) John Sundholm (Volume editor) Maria Holmgren Troy (Volume editor)
Edited Collection 268 Pages


Collective Traumas is about the traumatic European history of the 20th century – war, genocide, dictatorship, ethnic cleansing – and how individuals, communities and nations have dealt with their dark past through remembrance, historiography and legal settlements. Memories, and especially collective memories, serve as foundations for national identities and are politically charged. Regardless whether memory is used to support or to challenge established ideologies, it is inevitably subject to political tensions. Consequently, memory, history and amnesia tend to be used and abused for different political and ideological purposes. From the perspectives of historical, literary and visual studies the essays focus on how the experiences of war and profound conflict have been represented and remembered in different national cultures and communities.
This volume is a vital contribution to memory studies and trauma theory.
Collective Traumas is a result of the multidisciplinary research project on Memory Culture that was initiated in 2002 at Karlstad University, Sweden. A previous publication with Peter Lang is Memory Work: The Theory and Practice of Memory (2005).


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (August)
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 268 pp.

Biographical notes

Conny Mithander (Volume editor) John Sundholm (Volume editor) Maria Holmgren Troy (Volume editor)

The Editors: Conny Mithander is Senior Lecturer in History of Ideas at Karlstad University, Sweden. John Sundholm is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Karlstad University, Sweden and Reader in Cultural Analysis at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Maria Holmgren Troy is Reader in English at Karlstad University, Sweden.


Title: Collective Traumas