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Joanna Marszałek–Kawaa, Patryk Wawrzyńskiab
a  Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland)
b  WSB University in Bydgoszcz (Poland)

Remembrance, Identity Politics and Political Transitions: a Comparative Study    

Polish Political Science Yearbook, volume 45 (2016), p. 11–21.


Full paper:

The paper presents findings of the comparative study on relationships between remembrance story-telling and the transitional reconstruction of political identities. It identifies in which areas and fields of impact governments tend to use interpretations of the past to promote new leadership visions of society. Moreover, it verifies theoretical hypotheses related to the politicised remembrance and its role as a political asset during transformations, as well as it considers the theoretical framework of democracy-building (and a common prediction of its universal character). As a result, the study offers a detailed picture of the way remembrance narratives are transformed into explanations, justifications or legitimisation of new, post-authoritarian identities based on qualitative-to-quantitative analysis of the intensity of story-telling and its links with transitional identity politics. In the conclusion, the Authors present their consideration of research findings, and they discuss it with reference to the nature of transitional government’s remembrance policy as a sphere of social influence.

democratisation; transformations; collective memory; remembrance policy; new elites; transitional justice; social stratification; symbolic roles

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Polish Political Science Yearbook
Volume 45 of 2016

Arkadiusz Żukowski


Remembrance, Identity Politics and Political Transitions:
A Comparative Study

Joanna Marszałek–Kawa & Patryk Wawrzyński

Significance of the Social Vision of Great People
in Times of Political Transition

Konrad Wyszkowski

Cultural War and Reinventing the Past in Poland and Hungary:
The Politics of Historical Memory in East-Central Europe

Attila Ágh

Securitization of Past: Analysis of the Katyń Issue in the Context of EU Integration
Olga Sebina

The Unfinished Revolution? The Communist Party of Bohemia
and Moravia in the Post–Communist Reality

Marcin Czyżniewski

Post–Yugoslav Collective Memory:
Between National and Transnational Myths

Magdalena Rekść

Thatcherism Rejected: Scottish Political Myth of Margaret Thatcher
Tomasz Czapiewski

Sites of Memory in Chile and Georgia: Comparative Aspects
Joanna Marszałek–Kawa & Anna Ratke–Majewska

The European Court of Human Rights and Dealing with Nazi and Soviet Past in Central and Eastern Europe: the Special Case of the Holocaust
Aleksandra Gliszczyńska–Grabias & Grażyna Baranowska

Decommunisation of the Public Space in Post-Euromaidan Ukraine
Antonina Kozyrska

South African Post–Apartheid
Transitional Remembrance Policy (1994–1999)

Patryk Wawrzyński & Alicja Stańco–Wawrzyńska


The State of Democracy in Poland and Europe
Lech Wałęsa

The Role of NGOs in the Development of Societies and Overcoming
the Consequences of Crises: Case Studies of Poland and Russia

Elena V. Kucheryavaya

Compensation Liability for Damages Incurred while Exercising Public Authority: a Basic Pillar of Democratic State Ruled by Law
Agata Cebera & Aleksander Wróbel

Political Parties and Trade Unions in the Post-Communist Poland:
Class Politics that Have Never a Chance to Happen

Paweł Kamiński & Patrycja Rozbicka

The 2015 Elections to the Senate of the Republic of Poland
Krystyna Leszczyńska

Major Dilemmas and Increasing Dysfunctions
of the Polish Local Government Model on the Basis of an Electoral Law and Metropolitan Act

Beata Słobodzian

Shaping Public Space by the Local Community:
Development of Legal Mechanisms

Elżbieta Kocowska–Siekierka


Peace Science – Orientation and Reorientation
Cheng Liu & Egon Spiegel

Fundamentalism in the Light of Selected Psychological Concepts
Anna Zasuń

The Aristotelian Criticism of the Liberal Foundations of Modern State
Marcin Gajek


The Consequences of the Nagorno–Karabakh War for Azerbaijan and Undeniable Reality of Khojaly Massacre: A View from Azerbaijan
Shamkhal Abilov & Ismayil Isayev

Ping–Pong Diplomacy and Its Legacy in the United States
Michał Marcin Kobierecki

The American Military Strategy to Combat the ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria: Assumptions, Tactics and Effectiveness
Ewelina Waśko–Owsiejczuk

Member States as Strategy-Maker or Strategy-Taker? Analysing Polish Involvement in the Development of the EU Global Strategy
Monika Sus


Political Dimension of Welsh Identity after Devolution: Fact or Fiction?
Bartłomiej H. Toszek

Right to the City as a New Paradigm
within the Concept of Human Security

Agnieszka Szpak


International Law and the Nagorno–Karabakh War:
Opinion on Political Aspects

Sadir Surkhay Mammadov

The New Journalism: an Attempt at the Model Reconstruction
Iwona Hofman

The Political Leadership Section of the Polish Political Science Association
Maciej Hartliński

Experiencing Asia
Agnieszka Turska–Kawa, Rafał Glajcar & Waldemar Wojtasik

Debating Rapa Nui in Poland
Joanna Siekiera

Debating the Electoral Law in Poland
Jagoda Wojciechowska


Introducing Polish History to Understand Poland’s Present
Marcin Czyżniewski

An Alternative for the International Order: The Chinese Perspective
Magdalena Łagiewska

Rebalancing of power. The case of China’s global strategy
Mikołaj Lisewski

The Polish Perspective on Japanese Politics and Society
Natalia Gburzyńska

The Identity of Security Studies
Tomasz Czapiewski

Can Poland Respond to the Terrorist Menace?
Alicja Stańco–Wawrzyńska

Europeanization and Poland’s Foreign Policy: the First Decade
Wojciech Michnik

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