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Félix Krawatzek

Félix Krawatzek
Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), Berlin

PhD

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Young people have experienced profound changes in the way Polish national identity is expressed in public since the conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) gained far-reaching control of Polish politics in 2015. This report exam­ines young people’s political attitudes in conjunction with their views on the arrival of over two million refugees from...
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Political attitudes are generally analysed within the context of a given nation-state, even if they reflect responses to regional or global developments. Little attention has been paid to the potentially moderating role of personal transnational experiences (travel, migration, remittances) on individual attitudes. Based on two cross-sectional onlin...
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This volume contends that young individuals across Europe relate to their country’s history in complex and often ambivalent ways. It pays attention to how both formal education and broader culture communicate ideas about the past, and how young people respond to these ideas. The studies collected in this volume show that such ideas about the past a...
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As Ukraine’s large neighbour, Poland has so far taken in the most Ukrainian refugees. A new ZOiS survey shows that many young Poles are in favour of protecting them. There is also support for weapons supplies. An overwhelming majority is, however, against direct military involvement.
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How do young Russians relate to World War II and the violence of the wartime period? This article explores the degree to which societal and elite-driven narratives about history converge in the context of a crucial historical anniversary. We demonstrate that the memory of World War II serves as an integrative historical event for an abstract, tempo...
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For more than two decades a key pillar of regime stability in Belarus was legitimation through economic stability and security, prompting experts to speak of a “social contract” between the state and its citizens. The 2020 protests, however, convey significant dissatisfaction with the Lukashenka regime across a broad social and generational base. B...
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In this introduction to our special issue on the politics of memory in the post-Soviet space, we present a four-part analytical framework through which to evaluate recent developments in the region. Specifically, we focus on: 1) the circulation of memories across space and time; 2) the factors that condition the recall of the past; 3) the actors in...
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Across Eastern Europe how the past is remembered has become a crucial factor for understanding present-day political developments within and between states. In this introduction, we first present the articles that form part of this special section through a discussion of the various methods used by the authors to demonstrate the potential ways into...
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This article is part of the special cluster, “Here to Stay: The Politics of History in Eastern Europe”, guest-edited by Félix Krawatzek & George Soroka. The Western outskirts of the former Soviet Union suffered huge levels of destruction during World War II. It is for this reason that the memories of the war in countries such as Belarus and the Bal...
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Popular unrest is a source of worry also for seemingly stable authoritarian regimes. Young faces have become the image of protest in Russia over the last two years, and they convey the importance of protests that may emerge in any authoritarian regime. Nevertheless, it remains unclear what kind of young people are taking to the street and how their...
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To what extent do elite narratives about history shape what citizens make of the past? This article focuses on young Russians’ understanding of history and provides insights into the effects of memory politics in authoritarian settings. The research uses original survey data of urban youth and demonstrates that the regime successfully determines wh...
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Scholarship on collective memory from an explicit political science perspective has expanded over the last decade. This growth speaks to political dynamics unfolding across the world, as history has once again become part of political confrontations. The ongoing dispute about an acceptable name for Macedonia, the role of truth commissions in post-c...
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Debates about ‘European memory’ are frequent in public and political discourse. With the fundamental challenges the European project now faces, such debates exemplify changes in what Europe means and implies politically. Drawing on a large corpus of press articles from six EU member states and employing qualitative and quantitative methods of disco...
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Controversies over historical interpretation have become a key focus of contemporary politics in countries across the world. Recently, these issues have taken on particular prominence in Europe, where a burgeoning array of laws governing how the past may be publicly recalled has sparked heated debates. Such “memory laws” have been enacted over the...
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We advance a concept of political remittances that offers a distinct analytical perspective and enables a comparative assessment across time and space. By providing a new conceptualisation of political remittances, this article elaborates on the link between different kinds of remittances, delimiting the boundaries between political, social, econom...
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This article explores how ‘ordinary’ German migrants in the United States reflected upon their local integration and transnational belonging with reference to their language practice in the period 1820–1970. The analysis is based on approximately 8,000 letters sent by around 700 German-speaking migrants who wrote, over varying time periods, to fami...
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How do political regimes respond to the challenges emanating from youth mobilization? This book seeks to understand regime resilience and breakdown by analysing the public meaning of youth, as well as the physical mobilization of young people. Mobilization carried by young people is a key component in understanding the stabilisation of the authori...
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This article offers the first large-scale analysis of the interlinked dynamics of integration and belonging based on perceptions of “ordinary” German-speaking migrants in the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Our analysis draws on a corpus of over a thousand letters from the North American Letter Collection held at the Forsch...
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Analyzing the long-term dynamics of migrant integration is a significant challenge for researchers. This paper traces how 'ordinary' German-speaking migrants in the USA expressed their sense of participation and belonging throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries in the letters they wrote to their families 'back home.' We study a large collectio...
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Zusammenfassung Basierend auf einer Sammlung von 1000 Briefen deutscher Auswanderer in den USA analysiert dieser Aufsatz die Entwicklung und Bedeutung transatlantischer und deutsch-amerikanischer migrantischer Netzwerke über einen Zeitraum von 150 Jahren. Wir unterscheiden zwischen „starken“ und „schwachen“ Beziehungen, die diesen Netzwerken zugrun...
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The disintegrating discourse about youth during the perestroika period conveyed the fading legitimacy of the Soviet political order. During that era (1985–1991), media reports about young people’s discontent and political disillusionment questioned the very legitimacy of the Soviet system. Youth took to the streets early, contributing to the condit...
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Whenever young people protest, references to the French ‘Mai 68’ are quickly made. For nearly 50 years, former activists and journalists have turned events in the Latin Quarter in Paris into the main symbol for the potential of youth to pressure governments. Western European politicians and scholars easily index ‘Mai 68’ as the positive core of ‘Eu...
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This introduction identifies the ubiquitous, but controversial, public and academic debate on European Memory as a key for articulating assumptions and expectations about an enhanced process of European integration via references to Europe’s past. The authors outline contradictions that constitute this discourse by pointing to its inherently confli...
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Generations and Collective Memory. By Corning Amy and Schuman Howard . Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2015. 272p. $90.00 cloth, $30.00 paper. - Volume 14 Issue 4 - Félix Krawatzek
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Chiara de Cesari and Ann Rigney, eds., Transnational Memory: Circulation, Articulation, Scales. Media and Cultural Memory 19, Berlin, De Gruyter2014, ISBN 978-3-11-035902-2, 99,95€. - Volume 58 Issue 1 - Félix Krawatzek
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When the ‘Colour Revolutions’ swept across some post-communist countries in the early 2000s, western commentators portrayed a new pro-European generation striving to overcome the looming Soviet legacy.1 Nadia Diuk (2006) from the National Endowment for Democracy described youth as the vanguard for political change,2 and academics echoed visions of...
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Starting point for this publication is a critique of the unreflected instrumentalisation of European Memory as exposed in current public and academic discourse. In order to respond to this pernicious tendency, the contributions to this volume develop an approach that accentuates the polyphony and multiple layers of memory.Rather than understanding...
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This essay takes up the call for a “third phase” in memory studies and makes theoretical and methodological suggestions for its further development. Starting from an understanding of memory that centers on memory's temporality, its relation to language, and its quality as a social action, the essay puts forward the concept of “entangled memory.” On...
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Jugend ist eine wichtige Chiffre für politischen Aufbruch in Krisen. Während der Perestrojka versuchte die Führung der KPdSU, Jugendliche für die Unterstützung der Reformen zu gewinnen. Doch sie verlor jede Kontrolle über die Jugend. Während der Orangenen Revolution in der Ukraine ging es dem Kreml gerade darum, ein Überspringen der Reformforderung...
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"Youth" is an important key word for political awakening during crises. During Perestroika, the leaders of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union tried to win over young people in order to gain support for reforms. But it lost complete control over the country's youth. During the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, the Kremlin was concerned precisely wi...

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