Stalin's Empire of Memory: Russian-Ukrainian Relations in the Soviet Historical Imagination

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review - Timothy Snyder
“Yekelchyk’s account is a model of archival research and clear exposition.”
Journal of Modern History - George O. Liber
“By masterfully integrating theories of collective memory with archival research and by detailing the party’s compromises with the past, Yekelchyk has produced a rich and thought-provoking assessment of the politics of memory in Soviet Ukraine.”
Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire - David Brandenberger
“Yekelchyk’s investigation of the ‘creation’ of Soviet Ukraine is nothing less than an interdisciplinary tour de force that supplies fascinating insight into the party’s accidental role in the formation of the USSR’s successor states.”
Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue canadienne des slavistes - Denis Kozlov
“Of significant interest to the broader scholarly audience interested in problems of nationalism, colonialism, and imperialism, as well as to college students beginning to explore these issues.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442628465
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 8/12/2014
  • Pages: 252

Meet the Author

Serhy Yekelchyk is an associate professor in the Departments of Germanic and Russian Studies and the Department of History at the University of Victoria.
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