Is History Doomed to Divide or May It Unite? The Role of Memory in Shaping International Relations in Central Europe

Authors

  • Roszkowski Wojciech Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15823/istorija.2023.131.4

Keywords:

memory, national identity, Central Europe

Abstract

Abstract. The main research question is whether history is doomed to divide or whether it may unite. The author argues that, on the one hand, the rejection of the concept of truth in historiography may lead to treating history as a reservoir of selective argument in political struggles. In this sense, history will always divide. However, on the other hand, truth may be achieved. Scholars have several ways to test how far from the truth is a statement concerning history. There are six basic rules to test it, which are discussed in the article. The concept of national identity, culture perceived as the backbone of national identity and the regional cooperation context are examined.

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Published

2024-03-22

How to Cite

[1]
Wojciech, R. 2024. Is History Doomed to Divide or May It Unite? The Role of Memory in Shaping International Relations in Central Europe. Istorija / History. 131, 3 (Mar. 2024), 95–110. DOI:https://doi.org/10.15823/istorija.2023.131.4.

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