Studies in 20th Century European History

Remembrance and Solidarity Studies in 20th-century European History: The memory of economic crisis

The newest issue of Remembrance and Solidarity Studies in 20th- Century European History is available online

The 4th issue – entitled “The memory of economic crisis” – focuses on depressions, recessions, shortages, and hyperinflation. These topics are not often a subject of memory studies, however memories of war and revolution often center on the economic experience of these events.
Therefore, scholars look among others into Living in Warsaw under Hyperinflation in 1923 (by Izabela Mrzygłód), Parallels of Economic Business Cycles in Slovakia (by Ľudovít Hallon), Public Transportation in Budapest in 1945-46 (by Zsuzsa Frisnyák) and discuss The Possibility of Remembering Economic Crisis (by Łukasz Mańczyk).

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The usual subjects of memory studies – wars, revolutions, genocides. and other political upheavals – are clearly marked by museums and monuments, and return to public consciousness at regular, rounded intervals. In contrast, economic crises are less likely to be commemorated by states, and they usually have no clear anniversary moments.

Yet economic crises – depressions, recessions, famines, shortages, and hyperinflation – also have a tenacious, if less obvious, hold on popular memory. Indeed, memories of war and revolution often center on the economic experience of those events. The physical, psychic, and material effects of such crises may long outlast more easily commemorable phenomena. Our era of recurring systemic crises provides a vantage point from which to consider how societies, cultures, and institutions are and have been marked by the memory of previous events.

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