"Politics of History" as a Threat to the Internal Peace in Ukraine
"Politics of History" as a Threat to the Internal Peace in Ukraine

Author(s): Dieter Segert
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, History, Political history
Published by: Slezská univerzita v Opavě, Fakulta veřejných politik v Opavě
Keywords: post-socialism and nationalism; ethnic fragmentation of Ukraine; politics of history; decommunization

Summary/Abstract: This article examines the role of the historical arratives and of the "politics of history" in the domestic politics of Ukraine. It compares the role of emotions within nationalistic and socialist ideological discourses about history. It gives an overview on different elements of national and regional identity in the country. It enquires mainly differences in self- identification, practical language use, pluralistic religious orientations, and media use. Some of the heterogeneities emerged in the past during industrialization of Soviet Ukraine. It suggests that differentiation is not objectively given but produced and exploited by political contestation for power. A main field of political polarization consists in the politics of history. It debates the outcomes of the laws on decommunization and the responsibility both of intellectuals and politicians for the nationalization politics. At the end the article stresses the possible alternative outcomes of history politics on the stability of the Ukraine as a nation state.

  • Issue Year: 5/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 30-45
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English