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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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Zapovedniks or Tourist Resorts?

Zapovedniks or Tourist Resorts?

Marketing Heritage to National Audiences

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(p.57) 2. Zapovedniks or Tourist Resorts?
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Chronicles in Stone
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Victoria Donovan

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501747878.003.0003

This chapter addresses the role of cultural heritage in the drive to strengthen social solidarity and national unity in the ideologically unstable era of de-Stalinization. During the second, reconstitutive phase of de-Stalinization after 1961, the heritage of the Northwest played a strategic role in “imagining” the post-Stalin Soviet nation, a community founded on the political principles of socialist democracy, collectivism, and internationalism. The chapter shows how the creation of a touristic infrastructure in the region served as a means of exhibiting the heritage of the Northwest to the Soviet people. A key component in this enterprise is the body of touristic and kraevedenie materials focusing on the region's historic architecture. These texts reinforced a politically correct understanding of heritage as an integral part of Soviet modernity.

Keywords:   cultural heritage, de-Stalinization, post-Stalin Soviet nation, touristic infrastructure, historic architecture, Soviet modernity, kraevedenie

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