This edited collection offers an empirical exploration of social memory in the context of politics, war, identity and culture. With a substantive focus on Eastern Europe, it employs the methodologies of visual studies, content and discourse analysis, in-depth interviews and surveys to substantiate how memory narratives are composed and rewritten in changing ideological and political contexts. The book examines various historical events, including the Russian-Afghan war of 1979-89 and World War II, and considers public and local rituals, monuments and museums, textbook accounts, gender and the body. As such it provides a rich picture of post-socialist memory construction and function based in interdisciplinary memory studies.

part 1|34 pages

Policy of history and memory in different socio-cultural contexts

chapter 3|13 pages

Between past and present

The forming of views on history in the Czech Republic 1

part 2|39 pages

Cultural memory through school textbooks

chapter 4|14 pages

Discourse analysis of school history textbooks in Russia

Representation of the Afghanistan war 1

chapter 5|14 pages

Between memory and history

Cultural memory in Polish school history textbooks 1945–2011 – analysis of three historical events

chapter 6|9 pages

From Soviet to Ukrainian history textbooks

Conflicts of interpretation

part 3|39 pages

Memory representations in social space

chapter 8|11 pages

War after war

Second World War memorials as memory sites – the case of Warsaw

part 4|38 pages

Narrating memory

chapter 11|13 pages

Afghan veterans

Resonance of memory