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Tarak Barkawi and Ketih Stanski

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199327782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327782.001.0001

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Nesting Orientalisms at War

Nesting Orientalisms at War

World War II and the ‘Memory War’ in Eastern Europe

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Orientalism and War

Maria Mälksoo

Oxford University Press

This chapter puts cultural constructions informed by Orientalism in the context of the contemporary “memory war” over the meaning and legacy of World War II in Eastern Europe. Drawing on the concept of nesting Orientalisms, the chapter demonstrates how Russia and its former satellites in Eastern Europe (e.g., the Baltic states, Poland, Ukraine) try to depict each other as “less European” in the face of “the West” in order to gain the latter’s recognition of one’s own comparatively “more European” nature. Western readings of these East European memory wars of World War II add another interesting layer of Orientalism to the study, as due to the constitutive role of “the East” for “the West”, these conflicts over memory are culturally and socially productive for Western European identities as well.

Keywords:   Russia, Baltic states, Poland, Ukraine, communist legacy, remembering World War II, memory war, Eastern Europe

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