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Whose Memory? Which Future?: Remembering Ethnic Cleansing and Lost Cultural Diversity in Eastern, Central and Southeastern Europe

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Whose Memory? Which Future?

Remembering Ethnic Cleansing and Lost Cultural Diversity in Eastern, Central and Southeastern Europe

Edited by Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

242 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-122-0 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (April 2016)

ISBN  978-1-78920-069-0 $29.95/£21.00 Pb Not Yet Published (November 2018)

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“Exploring a new avenue, the study of cultural trauma, Whose Memory? Which Future? provides an original, timely and singularly stimulating contribution to several subfields of memory studies. Owing to its strong comparative dimension, the book will serve as a sound conceptual, methodological and critical springboard for scholars working on post-conflict memory and cultural trauma but also for students of urban heritage management or post-socialist political cultures… Besides the potential benefits for the cultivation of an integrating European memory discourse, the volume’s contribution to the comparative study of cultural memory in Europe is thus hard to overstate.” • Bohemia

“…the volume makes an important contribution to the literature on memory and is a must-read for anyone interested in the subject.” • Europe-Asia Studies

“The book is the best argument in favor of comparative work in memory studies…[It] can be seen as an invitation, or rather urgent request, to engage more in comparative memory research on the one hand, and to reflect on the possibility of shared European memory politics, on the other. The book is not only highly informative and meticulously researched but also intellectually engaging and provocative.” • Slavic Review

“Featuring an excellent introduction and conclusion, interesting material on cities ranging from Chernivtsi to Zadar, and an innovative theoretical framework, this volume stands out among the current literature on collective memory.” • Zdzislaw Mach, Jagiellonian University

“The approach that this volume takes to the subject of ethnic cleansing is completely new, and the research it presents is significant and extremely valuable. It is one of the first books to address a number of questions that have been overlooked by urban history, memory studies, cultural sociology, and other fields.” • Gelinada Grinchenko, V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University


Scholars have devoted considerable energy to understanding the history of ethnic cleansing in Europe, reconstructing specific events, state policies, and the lived experiences of victims. Yet much less attention has been given to how these incidents persist in collective memory today. This volume brings together interdisciplinary case studies conducted in Central and Eastern European cities, exploring how present-day inhabitants “remember” past instances of ethnic cleansing, and how they understand the cultural heritage of groups that vanished in their wake. Together these contributions offer insights into more universal questions of collective memory and the formation of national identity.

Barbara Törnquist-Plewa is Head of Lund University’s Centre for European Studies. Since 2013 she has led a memory studies research network connecting researchers in 34 countries. She has published numerous books and articles in several languages, most recently Beyond Transition? Memory and Identity Narratives in Eastern and Central Europe, co-edited with Niklas Bernsand and Eleonora Narvselius (2015).

Subject: 20th Century History Genocide Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe


Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

Chapter 1. Wrocław - Changes in Memory Narratives
Igor Pietraszewski and Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

Chapter 2. Between Old Animosity and New Mourning - Meanings of Czech Post-Communist Memorials of Mass Killings of the Sudeten Germans
Tomas Sniegon

Chapter 3. Polishness as a Site of Memory and Arena for Construction of a Multicultural Heritage in L’viv
Eleonora Narvselius

Chapter 4. Memories of Ethnic Diversity in Local Newspapers - the 600th Anniversary of Chernivtsi
Niklas Bernsand

Chapter 5. 
Zaratini: Memoriesand Absence of the Italian Community of Zadar
Tea Sindbaek

Chapter 6. Echo of Silence. Memory, Politics and Heritage in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina, a case study: Višegrad
Dragan Nikolic

Chapter 7. Comparative Remarks and Conclusions
Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

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