AACAPS webinar “75 years since the end of World War II: commemoration and historical understanding”

23 09 2020
Thursday 24 September 2020, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (AEST)

Three quarters of a century have passed since the end of the most catastrophic military conflagration in human history: World War II. Paradoxically, however, the more that time passes the more we seem to remember it, in official and popular culture: commemorations, memorials, movies and books, above all in Post-Soviet Russia. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, commemorations of the 75th anniversaries of the German and Japanese surrenders in May and August 1945 respectively by the victorious former Western Allies were subdued affairs. In Washington, President Trump laid a wreath; in Paris, President Macron spoke in front of a near-deserted Arch de Triumphe; in locked-down London, Queen Elizabeth gave a televised address. In Moscow and Minsk, nevertheless, Presidents Putin and Lukashenko oversaw massive military parades celebrating victory in the “Great Patriotic War”.

Such official commemorations usually celebrate the virtues of nation, state and people that seemingly made victory possible. But commemoration is one thing, historical understanding is another. This raises many questions, among them: Why is it being commemorated? What was really at stake in this titanic conflict? What were its consequences? And even, did the war actually end?

This webinar, hosted by The Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies (AACaPS), brings together four experts in the field to start a conversation about these issues: Professor Mark Edele (Melbourne University), Professor Roger Markwick (Newcastle University), Associate Professor Alexey Muraviev (Curtin University) and Dr Leonid Petrov (ICMS, ANU).   We look forward to you joining us.

Find out more about the speakers online.

Thursday 24 September 2020, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (AEST)

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