Nikolay Koposov. Memory Laws, Memory Wars: The Politics of the Past in Europe and Russia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018

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Mischa Gabowitsch


Even for a frequent reviewer of scholarly publications, it is a rare pleasure to be able to write about a book that one knows instantly will become a field-defining classic. Nikolay Koposov’s study of memory laws is such a case. Its sweeping geographic scope, impressively broad and nuanced coverage of sources and secondary literature, and pluridisciplinary analytical depth will surely make this the main reference work on European memory laws and their historical and political context for years to come. Based in part on his earlier Russian-language book on memory politics (Koposov 2011), this new study expands his perspective far beyond the Russian case, providing a beneficial distance from the fray that gave rise to the previous book.

DOI: 10.25285/2078-1938-2019-11-1-186-190


Memory Studies, Commemoration, Memorial Laws, Historical Politics, Memory Politics

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