Memory of War or War over Memory? The Official Politics of Remembering in 1990s Croatia

JVF Conference Papers

This paper focuses on the relationship between ‘official’ collective memories and the political changes that happened in Croatia during the war of the 1990s and in the immediate post-war period. The paper follows Olick’s and Robbins’ argument that collective memory is always something we do rather than something we have.  This allows us to pose questions such as: Who oversees the practice of memory? Who are the participants? What rites and rituals are observed? What stories are told? (Olick and Robbins 1998).

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