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Reordering of Meaningful Worlds: Memory of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army in Post-Soviet Ukraine
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukrainian society faced a new reality. The new reality involved consolidation and transformation of collective identities. The reinvigoration of national identity led to a change in the emphasis on how the past was dealt with – many things which were regarded as negative by the Soviet regime became presented as positive in independent Ukraine. The war-time nationalist movement, represented by the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), became one of the re-configured themes of history.

While most of the studies of memory of the OUN and UPA concentrated on the use of this history by nationalist parties, this study goes beyond the analysis and scrutinizes the meaning of this history in nation- and state-building in relation to memory work realized on the small-scale regional and local levels. Moreover, this book focuses not only on the “producers” of memory, but also on the “consumers” of memory, the area which is largely understudied in the field of memory studies.

Drawing on studies about post-colonial subjectivities and theories of remediation developed in memory studies, this book explores the changes in memory culture of contemporary Ukraine and examines the role of memory in producing new meanings under the rapidly changing conditions after the collapse of the Soviet Union up to 2014.

The book contributes to the studies of memory culture in post-Communist countries as well as to the studies of society in contemporary Ukraine.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of History, Stockholm University , 2014. , 295 p.
Stockholm studies in history, ISSN 0491-0842 ; 103Södertörn doctoral dissertations, ISSN 1652-7399 ; 101
Keyword [en]
Ukraine, memory, Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, Insurgent Army, monuments, reception of history, nationalism, nation-building, state-building, commemoration, narrative analysis
Keyword [uk]
пам’ять, ОУН, УПА, комеморації, рецепція історії, пам’ятники, Рівне, Волинь, Клим Савур, Тарас Бульба-Боровець
Keyword [sv]
minne, receptionshistoria, Ukraina, Organisationen för ukrainska nationalister, Ukrainska upprorsarmee, monument
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110388ISBN: 978-91-7649-021-1ISBN: 978-91-87843-12-9OAI: diva2:771060
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2015-01-28, MA 636, Södertörns högskola, Alfred Nobels allé 7, Huddinge, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2015-01-06 Created: 2014-12-12 Last updated: 2014-12-16Bibliographically approved

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