Remembrance of things past: the lingering impact of history on contemporary Polish-Ukrainian relations

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This article investigates the continuing influence of the past on contemporary politics in Poland and Ukraine by examining the impact of the vocal 'informed' segment of public opinion on mutual relations between the two countries. The section 'What history?' examines the question of exactly what understanding of history matters so much in Polish-Ukrainian relations. The following sections examine how history influences the present, what are the contours of public opinion on Polish-Ukrainian relations within each state, and what is the impact of shared history on the contemporary politics of Polish-Ukrainian relations. Finally, the article suggests a potentially generaliseable hypothesis for future research.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)531-560
Number of pages30
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Volume60
Issue number4
Early online date21 May 2008
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StatePublished - 1 Jun 2008

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