Book Chapter

Introduction: War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus

J Fedor, SL Lewis, T Zhurzhenko

War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus | Palgrave Macmillan | Published : 2017

Abstract

This introductory essay begins with a discussion of World War II memory in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, in light of the recent and ongoing war in Ukraine. It outlines the main contours of the interplay between “memory wars” and real war, and the important “post-Crimean” qualitative shift in local memory cultures in this connection. Next, the essay sketches out the specifics of the war memory landscapes of the region, and then of each of the three individual countries, before moving on to introduce the key organizing themes and findings of the book.