Historical Narratives In The Soviet Union And Post-Soviet Russia [NOOK Book]

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This book investigates the significance of historical narratives in Soviet and post-Soviet space. Encompassing reform under Mikhail Gorbachev and retrenchment under Vladimir Putin, it explains the political, social, and cultural importance of a polity's myths. Charting the rise of anti-Soviet and anti-communist narratives under perestroika, and their eventual marginalization in post-Soviet Russia, the book argues that changes in symbolic politics must be examined within cultural, socio-political, and ...

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Overview

This book investigates the significance of historical narratives in Soviet and post-Soviet space. Encompassing reform under Mikhail Gorbachev and retrenchment under Vladimir Putin, it explains the political, social, and cultural importance of a polity's myths. Charting the rise of anti-Soviet and anti-communist narratives under perestroika, and their eventual marginalization in post-Soviet Russia, the book argues that changes in symbolic politics must be examined within cultural, socio-political, and international contexts. Of particular relevance is the interactive relationship between state and society. The study of historical discourse must focus not only on how and why the state imposes its discursive preferences on society, thereby shaping public memory, but also on why and how the state itself is constructed by prevailing narratives in society.

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"This is an exemplary work of social science that elegantly and effortlessly marries theory to extensive empirical research. Thomas Sherlock shows, with reference to a wealth of evidence, just how official discourse and myths sustained the Soviet order, just how their delegitimation hastened the USSR's end, and just how their partial revival have helped consolidate Vladimir Putin's rule. Sherlock challenges institutionalist and rational choice orthodoxies and shows constructivists how to do constructivism right." —Alexander J. Motyl, Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University-Newark
 
"This book can be read as a history of emerging democracy, a historiographical examination, and as a case study drawing from, and contributing to, totalitarian theory specifically and political theory in general. Consequently, it should be of interest to diverse groups beyond the fields of Russian politics and regional studies. Historians of the period would be well served by reading this book, in addition to anyone interested in democratisation and comparative politics. The fact that Sherlock's clear prose is comparatively free of jargon will be a relief for specialists and non-specialists alike." —Michael Westrate, University of Notre Dame
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230260818
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/17/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 519 KB

Meet the Author

Thomas Sherlock received his doctorate in political science from Columbia University. He teaches comparative politics and international relations at the United States Military Academy (West Point) and is currently Director of Comparative Politics in the Department of Social Sciences. He is the author of numerous articles in jourbanals and chapters in edited volumes. He is also the co-author of The Fight for Legitimacy: Democracy Versus Terrorism (2006).

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Table of Contents

Historical Narratives in Soviet and Post-Soviet Space
• Authorizing Reform by Uncovering the Past
• Leninist Mythology and Reform
• Assessing the Genesis of Stalin
• The Legitimization of Heterodox Discourse
• Myth, History, and Separatism in the Periphery
• Destroying a Settled Past, Creating an Uncertain Future?

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