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Concluding Remarks: The Geopolitics of Memory

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This chapter provides the concluding remarks for the book. The discussions about the possibility of a common European memory tend to focus on a desired European solidarity rather than on the new cleavages and power struggles on the European continent. However, no different from energy politics, memory politics is less about the communist past than about the future political and economic hegemony on the European continent, in other words, it is always a geopolitics of memory. Charles Maier draws a distinction between the "hot" memory of Nazi crimes, which still has not faded, and the relatively short-lived, "cold" communist memory, which unavoidably becomes dispassionate with the passing of time. In "new" Eastern Europe Ukraine and Georgia, the two post-Soviet countries that experienced Coloured Revolutions, have different reasons for their growing engagement with issues of historical memory.

Keywords: Charles Maier; cold communist memory; coloured revolutions; European continent; Geopolitics of Memory; Georgia; Nazi crimes; Ukraine

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