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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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Landscapes of Living History

Landscapes of Living History

Folk Architecture in the National Imaginary

(p.84) 3. Landscapes of Living History
Chronicles in Stone

Victoria Donovan

Cornell University Press

This chapter shifts the focus to regional folk heritage, with a particular emphasis on developments in Vologda in the 1960s to 1980s. It presents the strategic affirmation of folk culture in the region through the lens of the Brezhnev-era “Russian revival.” This was the emergence of a Russian patriotic intelligentsia in the mid-1960s with a particular interest in the fate of Russian rural traditions. The state-sponsored promotion of folk heritage, which included the creation of museums of folk architecture in Novgorod and Vologda, is understood as an expression of Brezhnev-era “inclusionary politics,” a strategy to contain rising ethno-nationalism through the strategic promotion of Russian themes. The chapter explores how this policy led to the promotion of an aestheticized vision of northwestern folk culture as the epitome of the “national style.”

Keywords:   folk heritage, folk architecture, Vologda, folk culture, Russian revival, Russian rural traditions, inclusionary politics, Russian themes, national style

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