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The media, history and identity: competing narratives of the past in the Ukrainian popular press

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Abstract:

The article studies history-related texts in three popular newspapers as contributions to the construction of historical memory and national identity in post-Soviet Ukraine. After a quantitative thematic analysis of history pages in terms of their geographical and chronological priorities, I focus on representations on these and other pages of one crucial event of the past: World War Two. The analysis demonstrates that in Ukrainian media, the past in general and the last war in particular has been a subject of incessant but largely inconspicuous competition between the opposing versions of Ukraine's history which I call the Soviet and nationalist narratives.

Keywords: Ukraine; banal nationalism; historical memory; historical narrative; national identity; the media

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14608944.2011.591373

Affiliations: Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies,National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine

Publication date: 2011-09-01

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