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Traitors, Collaborators and Deserters in Contemporary European Politics of Memory: Formulas of Betrayal

Edited by Gelinada Grinchenko and Eleonora Narvselius.

This volume offers a multidisciplinary approach to shaping and imposition of “formulas for betrayal” as a result of changing memory politics in post-war Europe. The contributors, who specialize in history, sociology, anthropology, memory studies, media studies and cultural studies, discuss the exertion of political control over memory (including the selection, imposition, silencing or ideological “twisting” of facts), the usage of “formulas for betrayal” in various cultural-political contexts, and the discursive framing of the betraying subject for the purpose of legitimizing various memory regimes and ideologies.

This volume:

  • Bridges an obvious gap in the market of Anglophone academic literature as it provides a multidisciplinary and transnational perspective on the subject of treason, betrayal and collaboration
  • Focuses not on historical underpinnings, but rather on mnemonic transformations of the “facts” of betrayal and collaboration
  • Suggests an updated scholarly perspective that incorporates theoretical suggestions of memory studies, anthropology and cultural studies

Gelinada Grinchenko is Professor of History at the Department of Ukrainian Studies (Faculty of Philosophy, V. N. Karazin National University, Kharkiv, Ukraine).

Eleonora Narvselius is an ethnologist affiliated with Center for European Studies at Lund University.

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