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Chronicles in StonePreservation, Patriotism, and Identity in Northwest Russia$
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Victoria Donovan

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501747878

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501747878.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
Chronicles in Stone

Victoria Donovan

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the Russian Northwest and its role in imagining Soviet-Russian nationhood. Novgorod, Pskov, and Vologda here served as symbolic homelands for the Soviet and post-Soviet Russian nations, mediating between the local, national, and transnational. Following the war, the state marketed the region's cultural heritage to the nation as the symbols of Russified Soviet identity linked to myths of sacredness, sacrifice, and patriotism. The idea of the Northwest was placed at the center of everyday life, emerging as a center of tourism and cultural activity in the 1960s to 1980s. The region thus formed a vehicle for internalizing the impersonal nation by placing it within the familiar local world, or a site where local and national memory could be fused.

Keywords:   Russian Northwest, patriotism, nationhood, Novgorod, Pskov, Vologda, cultural heritage, Soviet identity, tourism, Northwestern architecture

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