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Twentieth Century Wars in European Memory

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Jozef Niznik

In various European countries the two world wars are remembered in very different ways, although everywhere one can find monuments which serve as material objectification of the memory of war. However, such objectifications not only determine certain patterns of remembrance and a specific perception of the past: they also contribute to local and/or national identity and create the basis for attitudes toward the other participants of war. As it happens, instruments of memory live their own life and the meanings they attach to particular events may be changed by historical and political processes. The question remaining in the background of this publication is whether we can «make Europeans» without European collective memory transgressing national perspectives. The memory of war, which inevitably shows the overall absurdity and tragedy of war no matter where and against whom fought, may be the primary candidate for such Europeanization.

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Helen E Beale, Former lecturer, University of Stirling, UK Jana Bure�ová, PhD student, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London, UK Sílvia Correia, Postdoctoral researcher, Instituto de História Contemporânea – Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal Vicky Davis, PhD student,School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, UK Karina Dilanian-Pinkowicz, PhD student, Graduate School for Social Research, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland Marjorie Gehrhardt, PhD student, College of Humanities, University of Exeter, UK Bertram M. Gordon, Professor, Department of History, Mills College, Oakland, CA, USA Urszula Jarecka, Associate Professor, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland Malgorzata Karczewska, Assistant Professor, University of Bia�ystok, Poland Józef Ni�nik, Professor, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland Karen Shelby, Assistant Professor, Baruch College, City University of New York, USA Petra Svoljsak, Associate Professor, Research Counsellor at the Milko Kos Historical Institute (Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts), Slovenia Barbara Szacka, Profesor em., Warsaw University, Poland Katja �krlj, PhD student, University of Nova Gorica, junior research fellow in Scientific Research Centre of SASA , Slovenia Julia Winckler, Senior Lecturer in Photography, University of Brighton, UK Jay Winter, Professor, Yale University, USA Ma�gorzata W�oszycka, PhD student, University of Southampton, UK Studies in Social Sciences, Philosophy and History of Ideas Edited by Andrzej Rychard Vol. 1 Józef Niżnik: Twentieth Century Wars in European Memory. 2013....

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