Research Projects


The Changing Image of Europeanness -
The Political Use of History as an Instrument of Identity Politics

The project studies and compares the political use of history, in relation to the process of constructing 'new European' identities, particularly focusing on the representations of Europeanness, in Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary in 1968-2005. The starting point of the analysis is that representations of history are interpreted in time and that the resent and still ongoing development of Europe has changed the representations of past of each nation in question. The main objective of the project is to analyze the representations and uses of the past, prevailing in a temporal space, from the perspective of the future expectations of a commonly shared Europe.

The project approaches change focusing on historical self-perceptions that occurred under pressure in the changing world. To reinterpret and set the Self in a regional, European and subsequently global context, thus trying to minimize the gap between the national and supranational development, has been a profound process. Finding a new identity and reconciling it with the national and international expectations have been a complex endeavour which has demanded new interpretations of the past.

Project network:
  • Institute for Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, Italy
  • Société Internationale des Historiens de la Mediterranée
  • Center for the Research of International Relations ‘Grigore Gafencu’, Valahia State University of Targoviste, Romania
  • European Research Institute, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • St. Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä
  • Tampere Peace Research Institute, University of Tampere
Duration: January 2007- December 2010
Contact person: Dr, docent Markku Kangaspuro
researcher in charge
Researchers: Dr. Katalin Miklossy, MA Jouni Järvinen, Dr. Nikita Lomagin