Reclaiming the Personal: Oral History in Post-Socialist Europe

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Natalia Khanenko-Friesen, Gelinada Grinchenko
University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2015 - History - 328 pages

The first twenty-five years of life in post-socialist Europe have seen vast political, economic, and cultural changes, as societies that lived under communist rule struggle with the traumas of the past and the challenges of the future. In this context, oral history has acquired a unique role in understanding the politics of memory and the practice of history.

Drawing on research conducted in Belarus, Germany, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine, Reclaiming the Personal introduces theory and practice in this vital and distinctive area to a global audience. Focusing on issues such as repressed memories of the Second World War, the economic challenges of late socialism, and the experience of the early post-socialist transition, the essays underscore the political implications of oral history research in post-socialist Europe and highlight how oral history research in the region differs from that being conducted elsewhere.


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Oral History in PostSocialist Europe
From Subjects to Agents of History Political Implications of Oral Historical Research
Reclaiming the Personal Beyond the Collective Vision of History
The Past Differentiated Revisiting the Second World War and Its Aftermath
Locating Other Memories of Late Socialism

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Natalia Khanenko-Friesen is an associate professor of cultural anthropology and the head of the Department of Religion and Culture at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.

Gelinada Grinchenko is a professor in the Department of Ukrainian Studies at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University and the head of the Ukrainian Oral History Association.

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