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

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Abstract

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.

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  • History and Archaeology
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean cultural memory post-89
EditorsConny Mithander, John Sundholm
PublisherRodopi
Pages97-124
ISBN (Print)9789042036185
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes