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Author Yekelchyk, Serhy, author

Title Stalin's empire of memory : Russian-Ukrainian relations in the Soviet historical imagination / Serhy Yekelchyk
Published Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, ©2004
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 231 pages) : portraits
Series ACLS Humanities E-Book (Series)
Contents Empire and Its Nations -- Communities of Memory -- Stalin's Ukrainians -- Soviet National Patriots -- Between Class and Nation -- Remembering the Nation -- The Great Ukrainian People -- The Unbreakable Union -- The Unifying Past -- Ranking Friends and Brothers -- Ukraine Reunited -- Reinventing Ideological Orthodoxy -- Confusing Signals from Above -- The Ukrainian Zhdanovshchina -- Fashioning an Acceptable Past -- The Unfinished Crusade of 1947 -- The Enforced Dialogue -- The Attack on Historians -- The Campaign's Nationalist Echoes -- Writing A 'Stalinist History of Ukraine' -- The Quest for a New Memory -- Defining the Ancient Past -- Remembering the Empire -- Narrating the Nation -- Defining the National Heritage -- The Ukrainian Classics -- In the House of History -- Sites of Remembrance -- Empire and Nation in the Artistic Imagination -- Writers' Licence -- Filmmakers and Artists Imagine the Past -- History at the Opera -- The Last Stalinist Festival -- After Stalin
Summary Based on declassified materials from eight Ukrainian and Russian archives, Stalin's Empire of Memory, offers a complex and vivid analysis of the politics of memory under Stalinism. Using the Ukrainian republic as a case study, Serhy Yekelchyk elucidates the intricate interaction between the Kremlin, non-Russian intellectuals, and their audiences. Yekelchyk posits that contemporary representations of the past reflected the USSR's evolution into an empire with a complex hierarchy among its nations. In reality, he argues, the authorities never quite managed to control popular historical imagination or fully reconcile Russia's 'glorious past' with national mythologies of the non-Russian nationalities.Combining archival research with an innovative methodology that links scholarly and political texts with the literary works and artistic images, Stalin's Empire of Memory presents a lucid, readable text that will become a must-have for students, academics, and anyone interested in Russian history
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Patriotism in art.
Patriotism in literature.
Patriotism -- Ukraine -- History -- 20th century.
Russia (Federation) -- Historiography.
USSR -- History -- 1925-1953.
USSR -- Relations -- Ukraine.
Ukraine -- Historiography.
Ukraine -- History -- 20th century.
Ukraine -- Relations -- Soviet Union.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1281994634
1442680164 (electronic bk.)
9781442680166 (electronic bk.)