Gravedigger of the Present: Memory Politics and the Weaponization of History

December 9th, 2023 · 45 mins 9 secs

About this Episode

In this episode, Bartek Gajos discusses his in-depth research into memory politics during the Soviet period and today, specifically the weaponization of history by the Russian regime, the past's influence on present actions taken by great powers, NATO expansion and EU enlargement, the "armageddon option" taken by Western G7 leaders at Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and the questions surrounding Polish-Ukrainian relations. Bartek appropriately quotes Nietzsche: "... the past must be forgotten if it is not to become the gravedigger of the present." Thanks for listening!

PRODUCER'S NOTE: This episode was recorded on December 1, 2023 at the ASEEES 2023 convention in the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel.

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Host/Associate Producer: Sergio Glajar
Host/Assistant EP: Misha Simanovskyy (@MSimanovskyy)
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Assistant Producer: Taylor Helmcamp
Production Assistant: Faith VanVleet
Production Assistant: Eliza Fisher
Supervising Producer: Nicholas Pierce
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