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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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Burnt-Out Fairy Tales

Burnt-Out Fairy Tales

Preservation as a Metaphor for Loss After Socialism

(p.109) 4. Burnt-Out Fairy Tales
Chronicles in Stone

Victoria Donovan

Cornell University Press

This chapter draws on newspaper publications, radio and television broadcasts, and legal documents. It explores local heritage politics during the economic and cultural liberalization of the Yeltsin years. Public debates at this time reveal a bitter struggle for control over heritage between local cultural elites and new actors of influence in post-Soviet society, from clergymen to supermarket barons. The partial privatization of the heritage economy, which resulted in the commodification of many historic buildings as sites of elite entertainment and recreation, struck a particularly dissonant chord with local preservationists. The criticisms advanced by these lobbies with regard to developments in the heritage sphere reveal a profound sense of displacement and disillusion with the conditions of postsocialist life.

Keywords:   local heritage politics, liberalization, cultural elites, heritage economy, historic buildings, preservationists, postsocialist life, post-Soviet society

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