A people that does not remember its past has no future': the governmental historical and identity narrative in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan (1982 to 2019).

Project Details


Which official historical and identity discourses do the Russian, Ukrainian and Kazakh governments wield between 1982 and 2019? How does this discourse differ through time (synchronically) and through space (diachronically)? Which episodes are deemed most important?
During the last decades, instrumentalization of the past and identity formation have become an integral aspect of much domestic and international policy-making in Eastern Europe. This increasing interest in remembrance in the post-Communist space finds its basis in the communist past. Political upheavals and revolutions in the 21st century have shown that recent history in these countries is not fully processed.

This project wishes to analyse the strategic narratives that lie at the basis of Russian, Ukrainian and Kazakh historical governmental discourse. It will study how narratives of the past, as put by political actors, fit into the identity-, system- and issue/policy narratives of each country. This will allow for added perspectives on the international stance of each country and on the vision of their place in a polycentric world.
Effective start/end date1/10/1930/09/23


  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Kazakhstan
  • memory politics
  • identity
  • discourse analysis

Flemish discipline codes

  • Modern and contemporary history