Whose Memory? Which Future?

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

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Barbara Törnquist-Plewa
Contemporary European History
  • New York, NY: 
    Berghahn Books
    , April
     242 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

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).



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