Symbolism and Regime Change in Russia

Overview

During the Soviet period, political symbolism developed into a coherent narrative that underpinned Soviet political development. Following the collapse of the Soviet regime and its widespread rejection by the Russian people, a new form of narrative was needed, one which both explained the state of existing society and gave a sense of its direction. By examining the imagery contained in presidential addresses, the political system, the public sphere and the urban development of Moscow, Graeme Gill shows how no ...
See more details below
Hardcover
$86.64
BN.com price
(Save 8%)$95.00 List Price
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (9) from $71.89   
  • New (7) from $71.89   
  • Used (2) from $86.63   
Symbolism and Regime Change in Russia

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$44.49
BN.com price
(Save 41%)$76.00 List Price

Overview

During the Soviet period, political symbolism developed into a coherent narrative that underpinned Soviet political development. Following the collapse of the Soviet regime and its widespread rejection by the Russian people, a new form of narrative was needed, one which both explained the state of existing society and gave a sense of its direction. By examining the imagery contained in presidential addresses, the political system, the public sphere and the urban development of Moscow, Graeme Gill shows how no single coherent symbolic programme has emerged to replace that of the Soviet period. Laying particular emphasis on the Soviet legacy, and especially on the figure of Stalin, 'Symbolism and Regime Change in Russia' explains why it has been so difficult to generate a new set of symbols which could constitute a coherent narrative for the new Russia.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"How does a country see itself and make sense of its past and place in the world? In this ground-breaking book Graeme Gill builds on his earlier work on Symbols and Legitimacy in Soviet Politics to take the story into the post-Soviet era. The fall of communism entailed not only institutional change but a drastic transformation of the symbolic universe, accompanied by the formation of new narrative structures and attempts to reshape the physical environment. This book is an original and thought-provoking study of how contemporary Russia sees itself and tries to shape how it should be seen." - Professor Richard Sakwa, University of Kent

"Gill provides a welcome shift in the focus of post-communist politics, away from the conflicts over property and patronage to the struggle over a new form of symbolic discourse. Every nation needs a convincing mythology of its identity and history, yet contemporary Russian elites have been unable to replace the Soviet meta-narrative with a suitable alternative, in part because of the population's own ambiguous attitude to the past. Where traditional works examine the consolidation of democracy (or authoritarianism) in Russia, Gill reminds us that an even more pressing task is the consolidation of a coherent national narrative, without which the regime's legitimacy will remain suspect." - Eugene Huskey, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science at Stetson University and author of Presidential Power in Russia

"A fresh and compelling reading of the post-Soviet experience, organised around an examination of the attempt to construct a substitute for the 'metanarrative' that was dominant in earlier years. That means much more than leadership statements and official documents - for the purposes of this analysis, it extends to language, physical environment and complex issues of 'identity' as well as as reinterpretations of the historical record. This will be an influential interpretation; it may be a paradigm-changing one." - Stephen White, University of Glasgow

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107031395
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Graeme Gill is Professor of Government and Public Administration at the University of Sydney and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. His previous publications include Symbols and Legitimacy in Soviet Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1. Symbolism and regime change; 2. Dissolution of the Soviet metanarrative; 3. The leader's vision; 4. The symbolism of the political arena; 5. Russian identity in the public arena; 6. Moscow: a material basis for post-Soviet identity?; Conclusion: the difficulties of a post-Soviet narrative.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)