European Memory: Universalising the Past?

The European Review of History—Revue européenne d’histoire is an international journal covering European history of all centuries and subdisciplines. It aims to create a forum for ideas from across Europe, to encourage the most innovatory research, to make diverse historiographies better known and to practically assist exchanges between young historians.

Félix Krawatzek has co-edited this issue, and has written an article for it entitled 'Made in France? The (re-)invention of ‘Mai 68’'.


This special issue engages with ongoing debates on forms, possibilities and contents of European Memory. Relying on the concept of ‘entangled memory’, we develop a discursive understanding of dealing with the past in relation to the category of Europe. This interpretative frame questions explicit or implicit normative assumptions about European Memory as a way to come to terms with Europe’s conflictive historical legacies. Contributing to the third wave of memory studies, the case studies presented in this special issue shed new light on constellations of memory beyond the nation-state. As Rieke Trimçev’s concluding article argues, the perspective of universalizing memory practices pays close attention to the shifting contextual references of European Memory. Developing two modes of ‘equivalence’ and ‘co-ordination’ allows for differentiating how actors deal with heterogeneity, establish mental maps of memory and construct temporal regimes.

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Co-edited by Friedemann Pestel, Rieke Trimçev, Gregor Feindt & Félix Krawatzek.