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Chronicles in Stone – Preservation, Patriotism, and Identity in Northwest Russia - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Chronicles in Stone: Preservation, Patriotism, and Identity in Northwest Russia

Victoria Donovan


This book is a study of the powerful and pervasive myth of the Russian Northwest, its role in forming Soviet and Russian identities, and its impact on local communities. The book explores the transformation of three northwestern Russian towns from provincial backwaters into the symbolic homelands of the Soviet and Russian nations. The book's central argument is that the Soviet state exploited the cultural heritage of the Northwest to craft patriotic narratives of the people's genius, heroism, and strength that could bind the nation together after 1945. Through sustained engagement with local v ... More

Keywords: Russian Northwest, Soviet identity, Russian identity, nation building, identity politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501747878
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501747878.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victoria Donovan, author
University of St Andrews

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