Collective Memory in Transatlantic Relations: In Search for the Ties that Bind


  • Kryštof Kozák Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague


Transatlantic relations are a key element of the current international system. As various factors influence the complex relationship, it is not clear what are the main driving forces that keep the ties strong in spite of numerous differences and disputes. The article explores the notion that collective memory serves as the crucial frame of reference supporting Transatlantic ties. It does so first by linking the concept of collective memory to international relations theory and then applying it to the main paradigms in Transatlantic relations. Main findings suggest that collective memory is indeed a highly relevant concept with respect to Transatlantic relations and that further research is needed to support this claim more robustly.

Keywords: Transatlantic relations, collective memory, international politics, commemorations, liberation

DOI: 10.14712/23363231.2015.80