New Book on War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus

Edited by Julie Fedor, Markku Kangaspuro, Jussi Lassila and Tatiana Zhurzhenko.

This volume contributes to the current vivid multidisciplinary debate on East European memory politics and the post-communist instrumentalization and re-mythologization of World War II memories. The book focuses on the three Slavic countries of post-Soviet Eastern Europe - Russia, Ukraine and Belarus - the epicentre of Soviet war suffering, and the heartland of the Soviet war myth. The collection gives insight into the persistence of the Soviet commemorative culture and the myth of the Great Patriotic War in the post-Soviet space. It also demonstrates that for geopolitical, cultural, and historical reasons the political uses of World War II differ significantly across Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, with important ramifications for future developments in the region and beyond.

War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus Table of contents web page.

Table of contents

Several chapters are freely available to read online, including the introductory essay by Julie Fedor, Simon Lewis and Tatiana Zhurzhenko, “Introduction: War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus”:

Read the introductory essay

And the chapter by Julie Fedor, “Memory, Kinship, and the Mobilization of the Dead: The Russian State and the ‘Immortal Regiment’ Movement”:

Read the Memory, Kinship, and the Mobilization of the Dead chapter


"As information war and political fiction blurs the boundaries between past, present, and future, we are very fortunate to have this collection of sober and precise studies from noted historians and social scientists. As we are beginning to understand, in matters concerning the exploitation of the past, trends are now moving from east to west, and so a study of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus is also of great interest in the contemporary West."

-- Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale University, USA and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, Austria

"This book gives convincing answers to the question how World War II is remembered in the three East Slavic countries and how this memory is instrumentalized in politics of history, both on the national and regional level. It is based on an impressive array of new sources and previous research on the topic in English, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian and German."

-- Stefan Troebst, Leipzig University, Germany