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Tiraspol memorial to the fallen in the armed confilct of 1990-1992

Politics of History

The 1990–92 Armed Conflict at the Dniester River

Continuous Memory Confrontation

Anastasia Felcher ·


The thirtieth anniversary of the armed conflict at the Dniester River in 1992 in Moldova this year has been heavily overshadowed by Russia's war against Ukraine. The article retraces the conflict and its public memorialization on both sides of the river through different stages and discusses the impact of the Russian-Ukrainian war on the 'frozen conflict' and its settlement.

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The entrance staircase displaying the motto of the museum building and exhibition

Exhibiting 20th Century History

Feeling the Horrors of Latvia’s 20th Century

The New Exhibition of the Occupation Museum in Riga

Katja Wezel ·


The new permanent exhibition at the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia in Old Town Riga has finally opened its doors to the public. The completely revamped exhibition covers altogether 11 'chapters' of Latvia's 20th-century history, from the interwar republic through Soviet and Nazi occupation all the way to re-independence. With its use of modern technology, the museum tells a narrative of suffering and resilience that tries to appeal to its visitors' emotions, running the risk of overwhelming them.

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Painting by Taalay Usubaliev depicting all post-Soviet presidents of Kyrgystan and entitled “Ata-Beyit” (2021)

Exhibiting 20th Century History

Creating ‘Kyrgyzness’

The Many Narratives of the Memorial Complex Ata-Beyit

Gero Fedtke and Ivan Fukalov ·


Since gaining independence, Kyrgyzstan has struggled to reconcile its imperial and Soviet history with a post-imperial historical narrative that would be able to unite contemporary Kyrgyz society in a nation-state. No memorial site embodies this more than the Ata-Beyit Memorial Complex near Bishkek. The grave sites and memorials assembled here represent three periods of Kyrgyzstan's 20th century history all at once. The article traces their history and discusses their changing meaning over time.

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