Victimhood olympics

Yuri Slezkine, Ivan Krastev, Martin Aust, Jan Sowa, Wu Enyuan, Anatol Lieven, Sergey Ushakin, Richard Sakwa, Pål Kolstø, Georgy Kasyanov, Guo Xiaoli, Aleksander Smolar, Anke Hilbrenner, Alexander Iskandaryan, Paul Robinson, Andrei Lankov, Lanxin Xian, Alexei Miller

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    In January 2020, the Russian-language bimonthly “Russia in Global Affairs” published an article on “memory politics” and related conflicts, following a roundtable hosted by the magazine (Rossiya, 2020). To our amazement, the discussion caused a very keen reaction, especially in Europe. Our modest publication was immediately dubbed as nearly a forge of Kremlin ideas regarding “memory wars,” which, of course, is flattering, but, alas, is not true. In general, the willingness to see behind everything a conspiracy of dark forces and the belief that everything happens for a reason, well-known to us from our own history, have now spectacularly become commonplace. So, since the topic triggered such a powerful response, we decided to take it further by asking members of the academic community in different countries how they assess the current state of affairs in “memory politics.” They came up with a very broad range of opinions, which we gladly share with our readers.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)62-99
    Number of pages38
    JournalRussia in Global Affairs
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 2020

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Cultural Studies
    • History
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations


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