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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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Phoenixes From the Ashes

Phoenixes From the Ashes

Postwar Reconstruction as a Patriotic Duty

(p.31) 1. Phoenixes From the Ashes
(p.iii) Chronicles in Stone

Victoria Donovan

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on the postwar reconstruction of the formerly occupied territories of Novgorod and Pskov, and the debates about heritage preservation that emerged in the first decade after 1945. The reconstructionist agenda of the late Stalin regime emerges here as part of the state-sponsored drive to “forget” the experience of Nazi occupation and to assert a Soviet patriotic “myth of war” in its place. Particular attention is paid in the chapter to debates between central and local actors about the composition of the postwar heritage landscape. Localist agendas that were seen to privilege particularistic narratives of the past were regarded with suspicion at this time. The actors who advocated them were vulnerable to political repression.

Keywords:   postwar reconstruction, Novgorod, Pskov, heritage preservation, Nazi occupation, myth of war, postwar heritage landscape

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