The public management of the European past: What memory?

Author/s Ricard Vinyes
Publishing Year 2015 Issue 2015/96
Language Italian Pages 21 P. 41-61 File size 152 KB
DOI 10.3280/PASS2015-096003
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Investigates the memory policies that the European Union has promoted in the last years, as well as their intellectual and political precedents. To this aim it analyses the new tool for managing the public memory created by the Eu: «The House of European History». This study highlights that the way in which history is represented in the permanent exhibition of the new museum aims to forge the foundational myth of a European nation and its supposed identity. Finally, the article describes the pressure from the Eastern European countries to graft their own and exclusive version of European memory onto the memory policies of the Eu, as the only possible memory that all the Europeans must share.

Keywords: Public policies of memory, Uses of the past, Museums of history and memory, European identity, «Historical debt»

Ricard Vinyes, La gestione pubblica del passato europeo: quale memoria? in "PASSATO E PRESENTE" 96/2015, pp 41-61, DOI: 10.3280/PASS2015-096003