War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus

  • Julie Fedor
  • Markku Kangaspuro
  • Jussi Lassila
  • Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Julie Fedor, Simon Lewis, Tatiana Zhurzhenko
    Pages 1-40 Open Access
  3. Memories of World War II and Nation-Building

  4. In Stalin’s Shadow

  5. New Agents and Communities of Memory

  6. Old/New Narratives and Myths

  7. Local Cases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 397-397
    2. Aleksandr V. Antoshchenko, Valentina V. Volokhova, Irina S. Shtykova
      Pages 465-493
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 495-506

About this book


This edited collection contributes to the current vivid multidisciplinary debate on East European memory politics and the post-communist instrumentalization and re-mythologization of World War II memories. At the same time, the book has a distinctive geographic focus through the concentration on the three Slavic countries of post-Soviet Eastern Europe—Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Together they comprise the epicentre of Soviet war suffering, and the heartland of the Soviet war myth. The contributions give insight into the persistence of the Soviet commemorative culture of World War II and the myth of the Great Patriotic War in the post-Soviet space. The volume also demonstrates that due to various geopolitical, cultural, and historical reasons the political uses of World War II in post-Soviet Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus differ significantly, with important ramifications for future developments in the region and beyond.

The chapters 'Introduction: War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus', ‘From the Trauma of Stalinism to the Triumph of Stalingrad: The Toponymic Dispute over Volgograd’ and 'The “Partisan Republic”: Colonial Myths and Memory Wars in Belarus' are published open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at 
The chapter 'Memory, Kinship, and Mobilization of the Dead: The Russian State and the “Immortal Regiment” Movement' is published open access under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license at  


Soviet Eastern Europe memory politics Russia Ukraine Belarus post-Soviet

Editors and affiliations

  • Julie Fedor
    • 1
  • Markku Kangaspuro
    • 2
  • Jussi Lassila
    • 3
  • Tatiana Zhurzhenko
    • 4
  1. 1.The University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Finnish Institute of International AffairsHelsinkiFinland
  4. 4.Institute for Human Sciences (IWM)ViennaAustria

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