Quest for a Suitable Past: Myths and Memory in Central and Eastern Europe

Izdavač Central European University Press objavio je 2017. godine zbornik radova o mitovima i memoriji u Srednjoj i Istočnoj Europi u kojem o hrvatskoj povijesti piše Neven Budak.






Central European University Press



Quest for a Suitable Past

Myths and Memory in Central and Eastern Europe



Edited by Claudia-Florentina Dobre and Cristian Emilian Ghiţă



Claudia-Florentina Dobre is currently the Director of the Center for Memory and Identity Studies (CSMI) and an associate researcher at Regional Center of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, University of Bucharest. She has published extensively on the memory of Romanian communism and political persecution; museums, monuments, and memorials; and on everyday life under communism.



Cristian Emilian Ghiţă has a PhD in classics and ancient history from the University of Exeter. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bucharest. His interests include Hellenistic studies, Asia Minor, and ancient warfare. All of these are fortuitously combined in his current research project, “Military Traditions and Innovations in Hellenistic Asia Minor.”



The past may be approached from a variety of directions. A myth reunites people around certain values and projects and pushes them in one direction or another.


The present volume brings together a range of case studies of myth making and myth breaking in east Europe from the nineteenth century to the present day. In particular, it focuses on the complex process through which memories are transformed into myths. This problematic interplay between memory and myth-making is analyzed in conjunction with the role of myths in the political and social life of the region.


The essays include cases of forging myths about national pre-history, about the endorsement of nation building by means of historiography, and above all, about communist and post-communist mythologies. The studies shed new light on the creation of local and national identities, as well as the legitimization of ideologies through myth-making. Together, the contributions show that myths were often instrumental in the vast projects of social and political mobilization during a period which has witnessed, among others, two world wars and the harsh oppression of the communist regimes.


164 pages, 2017




Lucian Boia



Claudia-Florentina Dobre



An Obscure Object of Desire: The Myth of Alba Iulia and its Social Functions, 1918–1940
Gábor Egry



Croatia between the Myths of the Nation-State and of the Common European Past
Neven Budak



Deconstructing the Myth of the “Wicked German” in Northern and Western Parts of Poland: Local Approaches to Cultural Heritage
Izabela Skórzyńska and Anna Wachowiak



Mythologizing the Biographies of Romanian Underground Communists: The Case Study of Miron Constantinescu
Ştefan Bosomitu



Women in the Communist Party: Debunking a (Post-)Communist Mythology
Luciana-Marioara Jinga



Avatars of the Social Imaginary: Myths about Romanian Communism after 1989
Claudia-Florentina Dobre



Post-Communist Politics of Memory and the New Regime of Historiography: Recent Controversies on the Memory of the “Forty-Five Years of the Communist Yoke” and the “Myth of Batak”
Liliana Deyanova



The Phenomenon of “Parahistory” in Post-Communist Bulgaria: Old Theories and New Myths on Proto-Bulgarians
Alexander Nikolov