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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

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

Victoria Donovan

Cornell University Press

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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