Russia's Memory Wars: PONARS Eurasia Podcast

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 13:21..
Department of History; Center for Studies of Cultural Memory and Symbolic Politics
Alexey Miller
Media Publications

In July 3 episode of the PONARS Eurasia Podcast, Aleksey Miller (European University, Saint Petersburg) discusses, with George Washington University's Maria Lipman, historical memory in Russia, and ongoing conflict over the memory of World War II in particular.

“The Soviet Union is often referred to as a nation with an unpredictable past. Today's Russia has been routinely criticized by domestic as well as foreign observers for being immersed in the past and lacking a vision for the future. These days, however, obsession with the past has become an international phenomenon that has reached the scale of a pandemic. Politics of history, both national and international, has grown increasingly conflicted, even confrontational. All around us discussions or rather revisions of the past are gaining urgency,” Maria Lipman said in the introduction to the talk.  

PONARS Eurasia is an international network of scholars advancing new approaches to research on security, politics, economics, and society in Russia and Eurasia. The program is located at IERES at George Washington University.

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