Implementing Post-Communist National Memory in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

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The chapter contains an analysis of two similar attempts to institutionalise ‘national memory’ in the Czech Republic and Slovakia after the fall of Communism and dissolution of Czechoslovakia. The study focuses on two documents that create a legal basis for such
institutionalisation and on the main actors who initiated the decisions to create these institutes. It is argued that although the original reasons explaining the necessity to establish these new institutes in Bratislava and Prague were defined firstly as moral and scientific, the institutes became primarily ideological tools of the new governing post-Communist elites that served to centralise control of the collective ‘national’ memory.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean cultural memory post-89
EditorsConny Mithander, John Sundholm
ISBN (Print)9789042036185
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • History and Archaeology


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