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Reckoning with Eastern Europe’s Colonial Trauma

Complicated legacy: a monument in Dnipro, Ukraine to victims of the Holodomor, a famine resulting from Soviet policies that killed millions. Image: Polovko Sergey Nikolaevich / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

‘Decoloniality’, an intellectual framework for critiquing Western institutions, public discourse and individual behaviour, has been unable to confront Russia's genocidal war against Ukraine. That's because Western political and cultural institutions have long disregarded Eastern European perspectives in favour of the view from Moscow.

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