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Historical Representation and the Politics of Memory in Kaliningrad, Former Königsberg

OLGA SEZNEVA
Polish Sociological Review
No. 131 (2000), pp. 323-338
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41274763
Page Count: 16
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Historical Representation and the Politics of Memory in Kaliningrad, Former Königsberg
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Abstract

A crisis of historical representation after 1991 resulted in Kaliningrad, former German Königsberg, in the need to re-examine its history. The narrative of origins of the place is closely connected to a question of belonging and of accountability of the Russian State in the protection of its population. Therefore, to revise the history by bringing in individual memory as a source of historical knowledge imposes a difficulty. Enthusiasm of historians and sociologists to legitimize memory in Kaliningrad is met with political resistance. This work examines conditions and reasons for which certain forms of memory are celebrated and others yield for authentication in contemporary Kaliningrad.

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