This book examines the online memory wars in post-Soviet states – where political conflicts take the shape of heated debates about the recent past, and especially World War II and Soviet socialism.

To this day, former socialist states face the challenge of constructing national identities, producing national memories, and relating to the Soviet legacy. Their pasts are principally intertwined: changing readings of history in one country generate fierce reactions in others. In this transnational memory war, digital media form a pivotal discursive space – one that provides speakers with radically new commemorative tools.

Uniting contributions by leading scholars in the field, Memory, Conflict and New Media is the first book-length publication to analyse how new media serve as a site of political and national identity building in post-socialist states. The book also examines how the construction of online identity is irreversibly affected by thinking about the past in this geopolitical domain. By highlighting post-socialist memory’s digital mediations and digital memory’s transcultural scope, the volume succeeds in a twofold aim: to deepen and refine both (post-socialist) memory theory and digital-memory studies.

This book will be of much interest to students of media studies, post-Soviet studies, Eastern European Politics, memory studies and International Relations in general.

chapter |17 pages


Old conflicts, new media: post-socialist digital memories 1

part |79 pages

Concepts of memory

chapter |11 pages

Europe's other world

Romany memory within the new dynamics of the globital memory field

chapter |16 pages

Mourning and melancholia in Putin's Russia

An essay in mnemonics 1

chapter |15 pages

Memory events and memory wars *

Victory Day in L'viv, 2011 through the prism of quantitative analysis

chapter |19 pages

War of memories in the Ukrainian media

Diversity of identities, political confrontation, and production technologies

chapter |16 pages


Twitter and public discourse in Ukraine

part |74 pages

Words of memory

chapter |11 pages

‘A stroll through the keywords of my memory'

Digitally mediated commemorations of the Soviet linguistic heritage

chapter |18 pages

Memory and self-legitimization in the Russian blogosphere

Argumentative practices in historical and political discussions in Russian-language blogs of the 2000s

chapter |13 pages

Building Wiki-history

Between consensus and edit warring

chapter |15 pages

News framing under conditions of unsettled conflict

An analysis of Georgian online and print news around the 2008 Russo–Georgian War 1

chapter |15 pages

Rust on the monument

Challenging the myth of Victory in Belarus

part |66 pages

Images of memory

chapter |7 pages

Between Runet and Ukrnet

Mapping the Crimean web war

chapter |15 pages

Repeating history?

The computer game as historiographic device

chapter |13 pages

Witnessing war, globalizing victory

Representations of the Second World War on the website Russia Today 1

chapter |11 pages

From ‘the second Katyn' to‘a day without Smolensk'

Facebook responses to the Smolensk tragedy and its aftermath

chapter |10 pages