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Title The Soviet past in the post-socialist present : methodology and ethics in Russian, Baltic and Central European oral history and memory studies / edited by Melanie Ilic and Dalia Leinarte
Published New York : Routledge, 2016
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Series Routledge approaches to history
Routledge approaches to history.
Contents Introductions -- Introduction: From interview to life story : methodology and ethics in oral history / Melanie Ilic -- Introduction: Silence in biographical accounts and life stories : the ethical aspects of interpretation / Dalia Leinarte -- Part I. Russia -- Interview with Anastasia Posadskaya : May 1995 / Barbara Engel -- Women's everyday life in Soviet Russia : collecting stories, dealing with silences and exploring nostalgia / Yulia Gradskova -- Interview as conversation : agency and self-construction in a Russian rural woman's story of courtship and marriage / Laura J. Olson -- Part II. Baltic States -- The paradoxes of family life trajectories in Soviet and post-Soviet life strategies / Ingrida Geciene -- Research ethics in Soviet memory studies / Sigita Kraniauskiene and Laima Žilinskienė -- "Not much love lost between me and my husband" : love in Estonian women's life stories of the Soviet period / Leena Kurvet-Käosaar -- History, the remembered past and master narratives : the Latvian case / Andrejs Plakans -- Recycling archival sources and oral history : the nationalization of private housing in Soviet Latvia / Maija Runcis -- Three (un)successful cases of the application of oral history methods / Aurimas Švedas -- Part III. East Central Europe -- Self-sacrificing motherhood : reconciling traumatic life experiences of Hungarian collectivisation / Ildikó Asztalos-Morell -- "We had to become criminals to survive under communism!" : testimonies of petty criminality and everyday morality in late socialist Central Europe / Kelly Hignett -- Female voices of post-war forced displacement / Karolina Koziura and Olena Lytovka, with Melanie Ilic
Summary This collection examines practical and ethical issues inherent in the application of oral history and memory studies to research about the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe since the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Case studies highlight the importance of ethical good practice, including the reflexive interrogation of the interviewer and researcher, and aspects of gender and national identity. Researchers use oral history to analyze present-day recollections of the Soviet past, thereby extending our understanding beyond archival records, official rhetoric and popular mythology. Oral history explore
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Communism -- Social aspects -- Baltic States -- Historiography.
Communism -- Social aspects -- Europe, Central -- Historiography.
Communism -- Social aspects -- Russia (Federation) -- Historiography.
Memory -- Study and teaching -- Methodology.
Memory -- Study and teaching -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Oral history -- Methodology.
Oral history -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Baltic States -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Historiography.
Europe, Central -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Historiography.
Russia (Federation) -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Historiography.
Form Electronic book
Author Ilič, Melanie, 1962- editor
Leinarte, Dalia, editor
ISBN 1317390458 (electronic bk)
9781317390459 (electronic bk)