The Slavic Connexion

Gravedigger of the Present: Memory Politics and the Weaponization of History

December 9th, 2023  •  45 mins 9 secs  •  Download (51.8 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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In this episode, Bartek Gajos discusses his in-depth research into memory politics during the Soviet period and today, specifically the weaponization of history by the Russian regime, the past's influence on present actions taken by great powers, NATO expansion and EU enlargement, and the questions surrounding Polish-Ukrainian relations. Bartek appropriately quotes Nietzsche: "... the past must be forgotten if it is not to become the gravedigger of the present." Thanks for listening!