Članci o “Dokumentu dijaloga” Vijeća za suočavanje s posljedicama vladavine nedemokratskih režima
Na engleskom jeziku objavljeni su članci Snježane Koren (2019) i Hrvoja Cvijanovića (2018) o “Dokumentu dijaloga” Vijeća za suočavanje s posljedicama vladavine nedemokratskih režima, o čemu će biti riječi i na znanstvenom kolokviju “Povijest u javnom prostoru: stanje i perspektive. Hrvatska i inozemna iskustva” (Zagreb, 6. prosinca 2019).
Poznańskie Studia Slawistyczne
Dialogue Document Without a Dialogue: Current Debates on World War II in Croatia
The article deals with the recent controversies over the interpretations of World War II. The dominant narrative of World War II, which was created after 1945 to ensure the basis of legitimacy for the Yugoslav Communist regime, was revised at the beginning of the 1990s. One of the consequences of this revision has been the upsurge of historical revisionism regarding the fascist Ustashe movement. After years of bitter debates that had divided and polarized the Croatian society, the government appointed in 2017 a special council to deal with the World War II past and make the recommendations on the public usage of the symbols and insignia of the 20th century “undemocratic regimes”. The final product of its work was the so-called Dialogue Document whose provisions and impact are dealt with in the second part of the text.
World War II; Dialogue Document; reconciliation; the Ustashe insignia; Jasenovac
Politička misao: časopis za politologiju, Vol. 55 No. 4, 2018.
Izvorni znanstveni članak
On Memory Politics and Memory Wars: A Critical Analysis of the Croatian Dialogue Document
Hrvoje Cvijanović; Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb
Puni tekst: engleski, pdf (str. 109-146)
Based on public demands for rectifying injuries of the past, memory politics recently became the most potent catalyst of social divisions and confrontations, as well as possible limitation of freedom of expression. In addition, facing the past might not yield conciliatory, but rather antagonizing effects, leading toward so-called “memory wars” regarding conflicting past narratives that might jeopardize political stability and aggravate cultural trauma in highly polarized societies, especially if there are powerful mnemonic warriors propelled with foundational and teleological attempts to impose historical “truth”, as the author shows in the first part of the article. In the second part the author focuses on the origin of the politics of memory in Croatia and ongoing “memory wars” regarding displaying and using controversial symbolic expressions, while parts three and four contain a critical analysis of the Dialogue Document provided by the Council for Dealing with the Consequences of Undemocratic Regimes that aimed to deliver comprehensive recommendations for political decision-making and law-framing in an attempt to face the difficult past and socially contested symbolic expressions.
Memory Politics; Memory Wars; Mnemonic Warriors; Disputed Symbols; Croatia; Dialogue Document