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Soviet and Post-Soviet Identities
     

Soviet and Post-Soviet Identities

by Mark Bassin
 

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Since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, questions of identity have dominated the culture not only of Russia, but of all the countries of the former Soviet bloc. This timely collection examines the ways in which cultural activities such as fiction, TV, cinema, architecture and exhibitions have addressed these questions and also describes other cultural flashpoints

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Since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, questions of identity have dominated the culture not only of Russia, but of all the countries of the former Soviet bloc. This timely collection examines the ways in which cultural activities such as fiction, TV, cinema, architecture and exhibitions have addressed these questions and also describes other cultural flashpoints, from attitudes to language to the use of passports. It discusses definitions of political and cultural nationalism, as well as the myths, institutions and practices that moulded and expressed national identity. From post-Soviet recollections of food shortages to the attempts by officials to control popular religion, it analyses a variety of unexpected and compelling topics to offer fresh insights about this key area of world culture. Illustrated with numerous photographs, it presents the results of recent research in an accessible and lively way.

Editorial Reviews

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"Bringing into dialogue some of the most engaging and innovative new research on the construction of social identity in the Soviet and post-Soviet states, this volume is an impressive achievement and valuable contribution to the field."
Victoria Donovan, Modern Language Review

"Soviet and Post-Soviet Identities is a significant contribution to Slavic Studies and to the field of nationhood studies more generally."
Andrea Lanoux, The Russian Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781316631973
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2016
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Bassin is Research Professor in the History of Ideas at the Center for Baltic and East European Studies, Södertörn University, Stockholm.

Catriona Kelly is Professor of Russian at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford, and a Fellow of New College, Oxford.

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