A probe into the historical memory of the Slovak society focused on youth Cover Image

Sonda do historickej pamäti slovenskej spoločnosti zaostrená na mladých
A probe into the historical memory of the Slovak society focused on youth

Author(s): Oľga Gyárfášová
Subject(s): Civil Society, Evaluation research, Sociology of Politics
Published by: Prešovská univerzita v Prešove, Filozofická fakulta, Inštitút politológie
Keywords: Historical memory;Knowledge;Slovak war state;Youth

Summary/Abstract: The struggle over political and historical memory is a serious and recurring issue that has important implications for the rise and spread of national politics in contemporary Europe and the durability of democratic traditions. This is particularly focused on the way in which new generations of youth are taught their history and the formation of collective memory. The sociological survey conducted in 2013 has shown that large segments of population, above young people, either don’t know or don’t care much about the history of the wartime Slovak state (1939 – 1945) and the holocaust. On the other hand the agreement with preserving memory is wide-spread, partially with the rationale to prevent recurrences of intolerance, extremism and xenophobia. The survey reveals also the most frequently used sources of knowledge about the past and based on empirical findings elaborates on how to approach youth when teaching history.

  • Issue Year: 4/2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 23-33
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Slovak