POLITIZATION OF HISTORY AND ITS ROLE ON THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS ON EXAMPLE OF POLISH-GERMAN RELATIONS
Abstract: Development of bilateral relations between States is a complex and multifaceted process. There are many factors to affect the quality, and sometimes-quantitative characteristics of the relationship. For example: economic feasibility (bilateral patterns of trade, economic interest in partners, and level of investment attractiveness), political expediency (to what extent the partner country is of interest to political elites or the public), image of the country within society, cultural cooperation level. To the above list, which is by no means exhaustive, historical memory should be added. Historical memory of yourself and partner's country, or how this term is articulated within a given society.
Keywords: Historical memory, Historical politics, Bilateral relations, Poland, Germany, Theoretical approaches.