Of Red Dragons and Evil Spirits: Post-Communist Historiography between Democratization and New Politics of History

September 12, 2017

This collection of well-researched chapters, edited by Oto Luthar, professor at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences, Slovenia, assesses the uses and misuses of history 25 years after the collapse of Soviet hegemony in Eastern Europe. As opposed to the emphasis on the recovery of memory or revival of national histories that seemed to be the prevelant historiographical approaches of the 1990s, the last decade has seen a particular set of narratives equating Nazism and communism and so providing opportunities to exonerate wartime collaboration, cast the nation as victim even when its government was allied with Germany, and acknowledge the Jewish Holocaust while obfuscating its meaning and significance.

For more information, see http://ceupress.com/books/html/Of_Red_Dragons.htm