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History of Communism in Europe

Volume 1, 2010

Politics of Memory in Post-communist Europe

Anastas Vangeli
Pages 183-205
DOI: 10.7761/HCE.1.183

Facing the Yugosla v Communist Past in Contemporary Macedonia: Tales of Continuity, Nostalgia and Victimization

The paper critically examines three main sets of narratives regarding the memory of the communist past and generally, three images of Yugoslavia that have been generated in today’s Macedonia. The narrative of continuity is centered around the embeddedness of Yugoslav communist past in the contemporary Macedonian context, marked with the idea of “uninterruptedness beyond interruptions”, caused by the lack of a sudden and clear-cut regime change. The nostalgic narratives are the ones that take in account the importance of the political transition, yet they are focused on the idealized image of the Yugoslav past. The third approach towards the Yugoslav past is the revisionist-victimizing one, which confronts the mainstream image of Yugoslavia as a benevolent hegemon, sees communism as a dark chapter of Macedonian history and is dedicated to delegitimizing its remnants today.