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European histories: Concord and conflict

Introduction

Focal Point In recent years, the possibility of a "grand narrative" that includes both East and West in a common European story has been discussed intensely. In a new Focal Point, Eurozine seeks to broaden the question beyond the East-West historical divide. How are contested interpretations of historical and recent events made active in the present, both uniting and dividing European societies? [ more ]

28.02.2011
 


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Partner This Focal Point represents an ongoing cooperation between Eurozine and the European Cultural Foundation and is related to its "Narratives for Europe" project.

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NEWS The European Cultural Foundation has just launched its own project website "Narratives for Europe". A place to "collect and share those stories – whether comforting or confronting – that keep Europe moving forward." [ more ]

 

Thinking Europe

Jan-Werner Müller

The failure of European intellectuals?

narratives Intellectuals have been accused of failing to restore a European confidence undermined by crisis. Yet calls for legitimating European narratives reflect the logic of nineteenth-century nation building, argues Jan-Werner Müller. [French, German and Italian versions added] [ more ]

11.04.2012
Per Wirtén

Where were you when Europe fell apart?

intellectuals Too many Europeans have too long avoided the question of Europe, says Swedish writer Per Wirtén. To prevent the EU from turning into a "post-democratic regime of bureaucrats", intellectuals need to stop mumbling and take the fear of Europe seriously. [ more ]

22.12.2011
Werner Plumpe

The hour of the expert

economic history What constitutes economic expertise? Looking at how European politics has answered this question over the last four centuries, Werner Plumpe argues that, at any given time, economic expertise is judged according to its coincidence with the conjuncture. [ more ]

31.10.2012
Helmut König

In praise of dissidence

dissidents There is much to celebrate in the history of Cold War dissidence, writes Helmut König. Which is why it is crucial to recall just how the Peaceful Revolution delivered its heritage of freedom, from the thinkers and the underground printing presses to the impromptu protests. [ more ]

05.03.2013
 

political violence and memory

Dan Diner

Memory displaced

Re-reading Jean Améry's "Torture"

holocaust Jean Améry, writing in 1965, famously called torture "the essence of the Third Reich". Why did Améry, the Holocaust survivor, emphasize torture over the annihilation of the Jews? His choice can be understood in the context of debate on the Algerian war, argues Dan Diner. [ more ]

08.05.2012
Lutz Raphael

Imperial violence and national mobilization

holocaust Lutz Raphael advances an interpretative paradigm for European history in the first half of the twentieth century that focuses on Europe's global interdependencies - and will enhance our understanding of the era's world wars, unrestrained violence and ideological confrontation. [ more ]

16.01.2013
Pierre Nora

Recent history and the new dangers of politicization

colonialism With the past ceasing to be a body of knowledge and becoming a public issue, a new form of political influence has exerted itself upon historians, warns Pierre Nora. In France, the subject of colonialism is particularly controversial. More than ever it is crucial historians retain critical distance. [ more ]

24.11.2011
Julián Casanova

The death throes of Franco

Spain's new reckoning with the dictatorship and Civil War

Spain Initiatives by the Zapatero government to break the pact of silence about the crimes of the Franco regime and the brutality of the Civil War signal a new era in Spanish memory politics. Yet there is a way to go before Spain is unanimous about its past, writes historian Julián Casanova. [ more ]

07.07.2011
Michael Azar

Presente!

Western martyrdom and the politics of memory and death

martyrology What is the connection between the mediaeval hunt for relics and the idolization of Benno Ohnesorg? Or between Cromwell and Nietzsche? Western ideologies of martyrdom are active to this day in instrumentalizing the dead for the purposes of the living, writes Michael Azar. [ more ]

07.07.2011
Violeta Davoliute, Ugur Ümit Üngör

Genocides?

An interview with historian Ugur Ümit Üngör

genocide The comparison of genocides is neither a crude equation nor an equivalence of evil, argues historian Ugur Ümit Üngör. Rather, comparative study enhances understanding of individual cases and counters political manipulation of genocide under hierarchies of uniqueness. [ more ]

07.07.2011
Helmut König

Paradoxes of memory

amnesty Forgetting violence was long seen as a condition for long-term peace after war or civil war. But the amnesty clause is only realistic when certain rules of war were upheld, writes Helmut König. Wherever people cannot forget, only remembrance remains. [ more ]

07.07.2011
Jörg Ganzenmüller

Memory's minor theatre of war

The Leningrad blockade in German memory

WWII The siege of Leningrad claimed around 1 million lives, largely through starvation. Yet Leningrad has occupied a minor place in the German memory of WWII: well into the 1970s West German schoolbooks were reproducing versions of events established by the Nazi generation. [ more ]

13.09.2011
Anna Ananieva, Klaus Gestwa

The war of 1812

How Russia rescued Europe

european histories As Napolean's army disintegrated upon retreating from Russia, the Russian Empire rose from the ashes of Moscow as the "saviour of Europe". Historians Anna Ananieva and Klaus Gestwa recall how a new European order materialized and became the object of reminiscence. [ more ]

21.02.2013
László Garaczi

Earlobe, or The millstones of ideology

Conflict and resolution in literature

Literature Today's literary and political climate in Hungary reminds László Garaczi of the communist 1980s. In an atmosphere compulsively and perversely imbued with politics, it is difficult to speak intelligently about the issues of the community. [ more ]

31.08.2011
 

European identity

Kenan Malik

The last crusade

Values The claim that Christianity embodies the bedrock of European cultural values simplifies both the history of Christianity and the roots of democracy, argues Kenan Malik. Ironically, the defenders of "Christendom" draw on the same politics of identity as Islamists and multiculturalists. [ more ]

08.11.2011
Franco Rizzi

After the revolutions: Europe and the Arab world

Mediterranean Europe's view of the revolutions in the Arab world is bedevilled by archaic, post-colonial attitudes. If we cannot shed these, argues Franco Rizzi, we shall remain on the sidelines and watch the Arab awakening turn into a twilight of renewed discontent. [ more ]

31.10.2012
Ariadne Lewanska, Pierre Manent

Migration, patriotism and the European agendum

An interview with historian of ideas Pierre Manent

interview A European patriotism can be generated only through political acts that create a sense of solidarity, says historian Pierre Manent. If invocations of Europe are to be anything but vacuous, Europe must be decisive in defining its interests and demarcating its boundaries. [ more ]

21.09.2011
Stefan Auer

Contesting the origins of European liberty

The EU narrative of Franco-German reconciliation and the eclipse of 1989

European identity Despite western Europe's initially lukewarm response to the people's revolutions of '89, the EU now claims them as a cornerstone of "European identity". Yet historical gaffes have exposed the pitfalls in attempting to create an all too tidy narrative of Europe's twentieth century. [ more ]

10.09.2010
Krzysztof Pomian

European identity: Historical fact and political problem

European identity An historian can define European identity descriptively, as Krzysztof Pomian demonstrates in a tour of European culture since the first millennium BC. But the real controversy lies elsewhere, in the political question: what of the European past is worth preserving? [ more ]

24.08.2009
 

Migration and diversity

Claus Leggewie

Continuities denied

Explaining Europe's reluctance to remember migration

migration Why does Europe find it so difficult to remember the facts of migration, both voluntary and forced? Reluctance to address the more noxious aspects of collective European identity impedes engagement with migration history, argues Claus Leggewie. Swedish version added [ more ]

16.05.2012
Imke Sturm-Martin

Migration: Europe's absent history

migration Although migration has a long history in Europe, it tends to be treated solely as a present-day issue. Why the reluctance to historicize the subject? Particularly since migration history offers a way to replace narrow, national narratives with one that is properly European. [ more ]

30.04.2012
Flemming Rose

Words and deeds

hate speech The cultural editor of "Jyllands-Posten" argues that the erroneous presumption that anti-Semitic propaganda was directly responsible for the Holocaust resulted in a post-war consensus on banning hate speech that ended up its own worst enemy. [ more ]

04.04.2012
Klaus-Michael Bogdal

Europe invents the Gypsies

The dark side of modernity

European histories Social segregation, cultural appropriation: the six-hundred-year history of the European Roma, as recorded in literature and art, represents the underside of the European subject's self-invention as agent of civilizing progress in the world, writes Klaus-Michael Bogdal. [ more ]

24.02.2012
Erik Hammar

Europe's narrative bias

European narratives Democracy, humanism and diversity have little to do with a "European inheritance". Yet EU cultural policy instrumentalizes cultural heritage to promote common identity. This narrative bias needs to be challenged, says Erik Hammar. [ more ]

26.01.2012
Alana Lentin

Racism in a post-racial Europe

racism Critique of culturalism as a polite form of Eurocentrism is to be distinguished from the new wave of anti-multiculturalism, argues Alana Lentin. Ostensibly aimed at the illiberalism of multiculturalism's "beneficiaries", the latter expresses intolerance of "bad diversity". [ more ]

24.11.2011
Tanja Petrovic

Thinking Europe without thinking

Neo-colonial discourse on and in the western Balkans

colonialism EU member states draw upon a reservoir of colonial discourse to assert superiority over the extra-European Other; western Balkan states compensate by turning the same discourse against neighbours lower down the ladder of EU accession, writes Tanja Petrovic. [Italian version added] [ more ]

22.09.2011
Markha Valenta

Multiculturalism and the politics of bad memories

Multiculturalism Behind the recent attacks on multiculturalism is a false memory of stability disrupted by the arrival of people of other cultures, writes Markha Valenta. A row over the absence of non-white characters in the detective series "Midsomer Murders" says a lot about our idea of "home". [ more ]

25.03.2011
Yudit Kiss

A voyage towards the "other"

the other History has a long fuse and memory often betrays the past. For Yudit Kiss, a journey across borders and through no man's lands brings that past alive and reminds us of what we have lost, in particular the diversity of the past and the beauty of the "other". [ more ]

07.06.2011
 

Politics of memory

Claus Leggewie

Seven circles of European memory

Circles of memory Europe's collective memory is as diverse as its nations and cultures and cannot be regulated by official acts of state or commemorative rituals, writes Claus Leggewie. The most significant challenge for a European memory is to reconcile "competing" memories of the Holocaust and the Gulag. Yet other historical experiences must also be integrated: memories of wartime and expulsion, of colonialism and immigration, and not least of the "success" of the European Union. [ more ]

20.12.2010
Lisa Karlsson Blom, Mikela Lundahl

Haunted museums

Ethnography, coloniality and sore points

museology The troubled relationship between modernity and its colonial past haunts the ethnographic museum. But do new museums of world culture provide a plausible alternative? Or do they achieve little more than securing their own survival? [ more ]

18.12.2012
Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Heroes into victims

The Second World War in post-Soviet memory politics

memory In post-Soviet societies, narratives of suffering have overtaken heroic triumphalism. Tatiana Zhurzhenko examines reasons for this shift, asking whether new victim narratives reconcile former enemies or provide additional opportunities to articulate hostilities. [ more ]

31.10.2012
Claus Leggewie, Horst Meier

Why the EU's "harmonization machine" should stay away from history

23 August Memory laws are the wrong way for Europeans to remember and debate their difficult pasts, argues Claus Leggewie and Horst Meier. Europe needs a pluralism of memory policies. That is why 23 August is a good candidate for a truly pan-European day of remembrance. [Russian version added] [ more ]

14.08.2012
Timothy Snyder

Holocaust: The ignored reality

reappraisal Auschwitz and the Gulag are generally taken to be adequate or even final symbols of the evil of mass slaughter. But they are only the beginning of knowledge, a hint of the true reckoning with the past still to come, writes Timothy Snyder. [ more ]

25.06.2009
Wolfram Kaiser

Unreliable narrators

Witness accounts and the institutionalization of European history

narrative A preference for witness accounts in European museums creates a blandly affirmative surface under which narrative authority continues to operate. Questions of reliability aside, is a witness-based history even able to fulfil the necessary task of narrating Europe's political identity? [ more ]

24.11.2011
Danuta Glondys

The revenge of memory?

memory politics Devotion to "historical truth" can become an easy target for political manipulation. Deconstruction of national myths equates not to the destruction, but to the rethinking of the symbolic meaning of history. [ more ]

22.10.2009
 

The Balkans and Hungary

Ljiljana Radonic

Standards of evasion

Croatia and the "Europeanization of memory"

Croatia Poised on the verge of Union membership, Croatia has replaced the historical revisionism of the 1990s by a memory politics avowedly based on "European standards". Yet is the Europeanization of memory synonymous with a critical approach to the national past?[Hungarian version added] [ more ]

06.04.2012
Svjetlan Lacko Vidulic

Tinplate and gilt

The memory landscape of the SFRY

Balkans Our view of the past is tarnished by our ancestors' suffering or success. Svjetlan Lacko Vidulic approaches post-Yugoslav memory via family history, on the premise that talking openly about inherited bias can break down fossilized patterns of thought and promote inter-memorial dialogue. [ more ]

28.02.2011
Slavenka Drakulic

A few "easy" steps towards reconciliation

Balkans Laissez faire reconciliation in the Balkans will never work, writes Slavenka Drakulic. Symbolic gestures by politicians are well and good, but a substantial change in social attitudes can only be achieved through the institutional promotion of tolerance and collaboration. [Italian version added] [ more ]

28.02.2011
Zsófia Bán

The Turul bird and the dinosaur

Hungary Following the political logic of pop-cultural palaeontology, Hungary's resurgent far-Right excavates archaic cultural identities for the youth of today. Mythical symbols of national strength fill the historical void felt by post-'89 generations, writes Zsófia Bán. [ more ]

24.11.2010
 

Telling the stories of dissent

Stefan Auer

Vaclav Havel's contested legacy

Havel From pacifist to cheerleader for US foreign policy, from dissident thinker to purveyor of "political kitsch", Vaclav Havel was a figure that divided opinion. Nevertheless, right up to his death, Havel continued to pursue a consistent ideal, writes Stefan Auer. [ more ]

02.03.2012
Gabriel Liiceanu, Herta Müller

When personal integrity is not enough

Herta Müller and Gabriel Liiceanu discuss language and dissidence

dialogue Talking to the philosopher Gabriel Liiceanu in Bucharest in October 2010, the novelist Herta Müller defended her often unpopular view that the preservation of personal intellectual integrity alone was inadequate as a form of political resistance during communism. [ more ]

26.05.2011
Adam Michnik, Andrei Plesu

The logic of accusation has no end

Adam Michnik and Andrei Plesu discuss "resistance through culture"

dialogue For Adam Michnik, resistance to communism took many forms: reproaching another for their lack of heroism is impossible. Talking to Andrei Plesu in Bucharest in February 2011, he called for an end to the logic of accusation and warned against instrumentalizing the quarrel with communism. [ more ]

25.05.2011
Barbara Falk

Between past and future

Central European dissent in historical perspective

dissidence The Marxian severance of dissent and toleration has obscured the liberal roots of eastern European dissidence, argues Barbara Falk. Where Lockean liberalism emphasized toleration of religion and other dissenting practices, Marxism sees dissent solely in terms of class struggle. [ more ]

26.05.2011
Alma Lazarevska

Blessed be the day

Bosnia Bosnian novelist Alma Lazarevska remembers the siege of Sarajevo obliquely, as the background to a personal loss unconnected to the plight of the city. She thereby implicitly critiques the politicization of the siege, which is commemorated this year. [ more ]

17.07.2012
 

European histories 1

Further reading In order for there to be solidarity within the enlarged EU, it will be necessary to develop a broader historical consciousness that includes both western and eastern experiences. The first Eurozine focus on this topic: European histories (1): Towards a grand narrative?. [ more ]

 

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1968: Beyond soixante-huite
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Cultural citizenship
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Conferences

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The 22nd European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Vilnius, 8-11 May 2009

Under the heading "European Histories", the 22nd European Meeting of Cultural Journals explored the role of history and memory in forming new identities in a Europe in change. [ more ]

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21st European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Paris, 26-29 September 2008

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Changing places (What's normal anyway?)
The 20th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Sibiu, 21-24 October 2007

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Friend and foe. Shared space, divided society
The 19th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
London, 27-30 October 2006

Speakers at the 19th European Meeting of Cultural Journals opened up the discussion on cultural diversity in two directions: first, as it is experienced in the physical urban space, and second, as it is reflected in the mirror of the media. [ more ]

Neighbourhoods
The 18th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Istanbul, 4-7 November 2005

Contributions on the notion of neighbourhood and the Turkey-Europe question from a range of intellectual and geographic perspectives. [ more ]

 

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Multimedia section including videos of past Eurozine conferences in Vilnius (2009) and Sibiu (2007). [more]


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