Bo Stråth


Bo Stråth (Curriculum Vitae) was 2007-2014 Finnish Academy Distinguished Professor in Nordic, European and World History and Director of Research at the Department of World Cultures / Centre of Nordic Studies (CENS), University of Helsinki. 1997-2007 he was Professor of Contemporary History at the European University Institute in Florence, and 1991-1996 Professor in History at the University of Gothenburg. He is a member of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

A European Memory?

by | Jun 20, 2010 | Anthologies, Publications

Contested Histories and Politics of Remembrance

A European Memory


An examination of the role of history and memory is vital in order to better understand why
the grand design of a United Europe – with a common foreign policy and market yet enough
diversity to allow for cultural and social differences – was overwhelmingly turned down by
its citizens. The book argues that this rejection of the European constitution was to a certain
extent a challenge to the current historical grounding used for further integration and further
demonstrates the lack of understanding by European bureaucrats of the historical complexity
and divisiveness of Europe’s past. A critical European history is therefore urgently needed to
confront and re-imagine Europe, not as a harmonious continent but as the outcome of violent
and bloody conflicts, both within Europe as well as with its Others. As the authors show,
these dark shadows of Europe’s past must be integrated, and the fact that memories of Europe
are contested must be accepted if any new attempts at a United Europe are to be successful.



A European Memory? Malgorzata Pakier and Bo Stråth

Part I. Europe, Memory, Politics and History: A Normative and Theoretical Framing

Section 1. Normative Perspectives and Lines of Division of European Memory Constructions

Chapter 1. On ‘European Memory’: Some Conceptual and Normative Remarks. Jan-Werner Müller 25

Chapter 2. The Uses of History and the Third Wave of Europeinisation. Klas-Göran Karlsson

Chapter 3. Halecki Revisited: Europe’s Conflicting Cultures of Remembrance. Stefan Troebst

Chapter 4. Iconic Remembering and Religious Icons: FundamentalistStrategies in European Memory Politics? Wolfgang Kaschuba

Section 2. Towards a Fluid Conceptualization of Memory Constructs

Chapter 5. Culture, Politics, Palimpsest: Thesis on Memory and Society. Heidemarie Uhl

Chapter 6. Damnatio Memoriae and the Power of Remembrance: Reflections on Memory and History. Frederick Whitling

Chapter 7. Seeing Dark and Writing Light: Photography Approaching Dark and Obscure Histories. James Kaye

Part II. Remembering Europe’s Dark Pasts: Four Fields of Commemoration

Section 3. Remembering the Second World War

Chapter 8. Remembering the Second World War in Western Europe, 1945-2005. Stefan Berger

Chapter 9. Practices and Politics of Second World War Remembrance: (Trans)National Perspectives from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Heike Karge

Chapter 10. A Victory Celebrated: Danish and Norwegian Celebrations of the Liberation. Clemens Maier

Section 4. Towards a Europeanisation of the Commemoration of the Holocaust

Chapter 11. Remembering Europe’s Heart of Darkness Legacies of the Holocaust in Post-war European Societies. Cecilie Felicia Stokholm Banke

Chapter 12. Holocaust Remembrance and Restitution of Jewish Property in the Czech Republic and Poland after 1989. Stanislaw Tyszka

A Europeanisation of the Holocaust Memory? German and Polish Reception of the Film Europa, Europa. Malgorzata Pakier

Chapter 14. Italian Commemoration of the Shoah: A Survivor-Orientated Narrative and Its Impact on Politics and Practices of Remembrance. Ruth Nattermann

Section 5. Coming to Terms with Europe’s Communist Past

Chapter 15. Managing the History of the Past in the Former Communist States. Arfon Rees

Chapter 16. Eurocommunism: Commemorating Communism in Contemporary Eastern Europe. Péter Apor

Chapter 17. The Memory of the Dead Body. Senadin Musabegovic

Chapter 18. Neither Help nor Pardon? Communist Pasts in Western Europe. Kevin Morgan

Section 6. Coming to Terms with Europe’s Colonial Past

Chapter 19. Politics of Remembrance, Colonialism and the Algerian War of Independence in France. Jan Jansen

Chapter 20. Memory Politics and the Use of History: Finnish-Speaking Minorities at the North Calotte. Lars Elenius


Nightmares or Daydreams? A Postscript on the Europeanisation of Memories. Konrad H Jarausch


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European Solidarities
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Reflections on Europe
Reflections on Europe
The Economy as a Polity
The Economy As a Polity
A European Social Citizenship
A European Social Citizenship?
Representations of Europe and the Nation in Current and Prospective Member States
States and Citizens History Theory Prospects
States and Citizens
The Meaning of Europe
The Meaning of Europe
From the Werner Plan to the EMU
From the Werner Plan to the EMU
Europe and the Other and Europe as the Other
Europe and the Other and Europe as the Other
Myth and Memory in the Construction of Community
Myth and Memory in the Construction of Community
AFTER FULL EMPLOYMENT European Discources on Work and Flexibility
After Full Employment
Enlightenment and Genocide Contradictions of Modernity
Enlightenment and Genocide, Contradictions of Modernity
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The Postmodern Challenge Perspectives East and West
The Postmodern Challenge
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The Cultural Construction of Norden
Comparativ Wohnungsbau im Internationalen Vergleich Heft 3-1996
Wohnungsbau im internationalen Vergleich
Language and the Construction of Class Identities
Language and the Construction of Class Identities
Idylle oder Aufbruch
Idylle oder Aufbruch?
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