The research was carried out in order to identify the differences in the interpretation of major historical events of the 20th
century and to analyze the ways Ukraine was mentioned in this context.
According to Natalia Popovych,
the founder of One Philosophy, the author of the idea and co-curator of the research, "Interpretation of the past shapes our political behavior today. This research illustrates that predictably, Russia continues to treat Ukraine as an object of international relations, while other countries only partially perceive Ukraine as an entity with a clearly defined political and cultural identity.The discovery by "Babylon" of historical narratives in the European media and the analysis of failures in the formation of our collective identity at the national level is the first step towards countering Russian optics, which still affects the way foreign countries see us. The next step is to study history textbooks in European countries, because the formation of historical knowledge among young people can have significant consequences for the reconfiguration of the mental map of Europe in the geopolitical and geocultural sense. Besides, there are living witnesses of the tragic pages of Ukrainian history of the 20th century in Ukraine. Their stories told in the language of modern art would undoubtedly help citizens of other countries to better understand Ukraine."
The presentation was held with the participation of Iryna Matviishin, journalist and analyst of the NGO "Internews-Ukraine," coordinator of the project "Stories from Ukraine," who shared the findings of a recent survey of international journalists and experts, and Lyubov Tsybulska, head of the Hybrid Threat Analysis Group at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center, who shared the manipulation of historical narratives as an element of hybrid warfare.
The research is available on the website of the Ukrainian Institute
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