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Remembering Katyn

By: Alexander Etkind (University of Cambridge), Rory Finnin (University of Cambridge), Uilleam Blacker (University of Cambridge), Julie Fedor (University of Cambridge), Simon Lewis (University of Cambridge), Maria Malksoo (University of Cambridge) and Matilda Mroz (University of Cambridge)


Description

Katyn– the Soviet massacre of over 21,000 Polish prisoners in 1940 – has come to be remembered as Stalin’s emblematic mass murder, an event obscured by one of the most extensive cover-ups in history. Yet paradoxically, a majority of its victims perished far from the forest in western Russia that gives the tragedy its name. Their remains lie buried in killing fields throughout Russia, Ukraine and, most likely, Belarus. Today their ghosts haunt the cultural landscape of Eastern Europe.

This book traces the legacy of Katyn through the interconnected memory cultures of seven countries: Belarus, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and the Baltic States. It explores the meaning of Katyn as site and symbol, event and idea, fact and crypt. It shows how Katyn both incites nationalist sentiments in Eastern Europe and fosters an emerging cosmopolitan memory of Soviet terror. It also examines the strange impact of the 2010 plane crash that claimed the lives of Poland’s leaders en route to Katyn.

Drawing on novels and films, debates and controversies, this book makes the case for a transnational study of cultural memory and navigates a contested past in a region that will define Europe’s future.

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Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745655765
ISBN10
0745655769
Publication Dates ROW:
Sep 2012
Publication Dates US:
Oct 2012
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Sep 2012


Format
237 x 158 mm
9.30 x 6.20 in
Pages
200 pages
Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745655772
ISBN10
0745655777
Publication Dates ROW:
Sep 2012
Publication Dates US:
Oct 2012
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Sep 2012



Format
230 x 154 mm
9.05 x 6.05 in
Pages
200 pages
E-book
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745662961
ISBN10
074566296X
Publication Dates ROW:
Apr 2013
Publication Dates US:
Apr 2013
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Apr 2013


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
200 pages

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Reviews

"An informative survey of the debates occaasioned by the crimes of early 1940."
Times Literary Supplement

"A fine example of international research collaboration."
Russian Review

"An important corrective to most recent studies of imperialism, which rarely transcend the national optic."
Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research

"This book, a rare example of collective scholarship, is more than path-breaking. It manages to move around the furniture in an entire field, that of memory studies, one that is shared by literary scholars, linguists, anthropologists, psychologists, historians and others. This exploration of memory events is essential reading for all students in the social sciences and the humanities."
Jay Winter, Yale University

"In an exemplary way, this multi-disciplinary in depth case study reconstructs the symbolic legacy of Katyn as a transnational trauma. The book is a unique collective achievement with genuine potential to integrate this key event into European memory."
Aleida Assmann, University of Konstanz

"The crime of Katyn has bedeviled European memory for decades, and only an ambitious pan-European effort such as this one can reveal every angle of the problem – and some of the solutions."
Timothy Snyder, Yale University

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Table of Contents

Contents
List of Contributors
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
List of Figures
A Note on Translation and Transliteration
Map
Timeline
Introduction: Remembering Katyn
Chapter One: Katyn in Poland
Chapter Two: Katyn in Katyn
Chapter Three: Katyn in Ukraine
Chapter Four: Katyn in Belarus
Chapter Five: Katyn in the Baltic States
Chapter Six: Katyn in Russia
Chapter Seven: Katyn in Katyn
Coda: ‘Katyn-2'
Bibliography

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Author Information

Alexander Etkind is Reader in Russian Literature and Cultural History at the University of Cambridge.

Rory Finnin is Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies and Chair of the Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Uilleam Blacker is MAW Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge.

Julie Fedor is MAW Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge.

Simon Lewis is a PHD candidate at the University of Cambridge.

Maria Mälksoo is Senior Researcher at the University of Tartu, Estonia.

Matilda Mroz is Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Greenwich.

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