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The memory wars

History is re-told to fit the needs of the present, but these distortions create violent conflicts of their own

A young Ukrainian in Kiev, on a march to celebrate the 104th anniversary of the birth of the anti-Soviet nationalist, Stepan Bandera. © AFP/Getty Images


History and Popular Memory: the Power of Story in Moments of Crisis by Paul A Cohen (Columbia, £24)

A nation is built on forgetting as much as on remembrance. So wrote the French historian and philosopher Ernest Renan,…

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