In: Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung 2014. Berlin: Metropol Verlag, pp. 63–75.
After the independence from Yugoslavia in 1991 three fundamental strategies can be observed in Slovene historiography and political debates. Firstly, the early years are characterized by an anti-communist discourse; its political function was the affirmation of the new state and its chosen European path. This caused some historical facts to be forgotten, such as the role the reformed communists played in the democratization process. (2) Since mid-1990s a new strategy manifested itself, which acknowledged positive aspects of Yugoslavia, e.g. the successful anti-fascist partisan battle in WW2. (3) In 2004, after successful integration within the EU, tendencies of the anti-communist phase returned and intertwined with the European anti-totalitarian politics of remembrance. Again historical characteristics are ignored, primarily the fact that Yugoslavia does not meet the criteria of a totalitarian state. The conflict between left and right historians, between reformed communists and the new conservative parties continues today. To achieve a less ideological debate Slovene historiography must find a cohesive interpretation of the socialist past in Slovene history.