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Decoding the Ukraine conflict

Following Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine in February, the House of European History (HEH) commissioned a research to provide insights into the crisis and help HEH audiences better understand what is at stake in Ukraine. The research, carried out by Kristina Zmejauskaitė, a history PhD student at the Dublin City University, has been concluded recently with the collection of about 20 articles and lectures.

The project’s aim was to provide HEH audiences insights into the war through an understanding of the history and memory issues at stake.

The collected items had to be multi-perspective and academically sound, yet accessible to a general audience. They also had to address a specific set of questions such as: How is history mobilised in the current context, by which actors, for which purposes and with what results?

Further parameters were set for the research. Articles and lectures had to have a clear focus on memory and history, preferably setting the debate in a European-wide context. They also had to come from people based in a variety of countries and could, therefore, be written or produced in different languages and they had to be analytical rather than opinionated.

Furthermore, they had to be published or uploaded within the past five years, had to come from clearly identified and reliable sources and had include contributions from established historians and academics.

Here are the results of the research:


Image credit: Valentin Kundeus via Adobe Stock "Monument of Independence of Ukraine in front of the Ukrainian flag"