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No. 72: History Writing and National Myth-Making in Russia

Author(s): Alexey Miller, Ivo Mijnssen, Galina Mikhaleva

Editor(s): Stephen Aris, Matthias Neumann, Robert Orttung, Jeronim Perovic, Heiko Pleines, Hans-Henning Schröder

Series: Russian Analytical Digest (RAD)

Issue: 72

Publisher(s): Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich; Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen

Publication Year: 2010

This issue of the Russian Analytical Digest examines history-writing and national myth-making in Russia. Firstly, Alexey Miller discusses the concept of history politics; the active political intervention in history-writing by the ruling elite. Secondly, Ivo Mijnssen argues that the Soviet Union's victory over Germany has been promoted by the government as a central tenant of Russia's national identity. Although this policy is supported domestically by patriotic youth organizations such as Nashi, it causes disputes with Russia's neighbors. Finally, Galina Mikhaleva discusses the practice of looking back to the country's history as a political tool in Russia.


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