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European Memory. A Blessing or a Curse?

edited by: Leonidas Donskis and Ineta Dabašinskienė
published by: A. Longo editore
pp: 296
ISBN: 978-88-8063-622-9
price: € 25.00

Book's frontpage

To be or to forget?

How do the politics of remembering and the politics of forgetting relate to modernity?

Is European memory the way out of painful dilemmas of modernity or it is just a burden?

The volume offers a strong Central European perspective on the politics of remembering and the politics of forgetting in the twentieth century, and on interpretation of ourselves and the world around us in the twenty-first century.

The promise to remember everything accompanied by the ability to obliterate anything from the face of the earth, or the promise to describe history just like it was, coupled with a modern obsession to forge history or to whitewash and rewrite it, appear as the contradictions of modernity that may be pushed to the limit at any time.

The book offers Italian, French, Hungarian, Slovenian, Lithuanian, and other European academic and cultural perspectives on this multidimensional phenomenon.


Table of contents

Foreword by the co-editors
Leonidas Donskis, To Be or To Forget: Politics of Remembering vs. Politics of Forgetting
Rudolf M.Rizman, Identity in the Vicissitudes of Globalization
Mitja Zagar, European Identities and Education for Democratic Citizenship in Diverse Societies
Stefano Bianchini, Networking Memories. The Historical Narratives and the Challenges of the European Integration
Egidijus Aleksandravicius, Conspiracy Theories in Traumatized Societies: The Lithuanian Case
Ferenc Miszlivetz, The Spirit of Freedom and Hope: The Meaning and Message of the '56 Revolution
Istvan Bariska, The Landscape of the Politics of Remembering in Transitional Hungary
Maurice Bloch, Autobiographical Memory and the Self: Combining Approaches from the Social and Cognitive Sciences
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