Gulag Memories: The Rediscovery and Commemoration of Russia's Repressive Past

Gulag Memories: The Rediscovery and Commemoration of Russia's Repressive Past

by Zuzanna Bogumil

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Though the institution of the Gulag was nominally closed over half a decade ago, it lives on as an often hotly contested site of memory in the post-socialist era. This ethnographic study takes a holistic, comprehensive approach to understanding memories of the Gulag, and particularly the language of commemoration that surrounds it in present-day Russian society. It focuses on four regions of particular historical significance—the Solovetsky Islands, the Komi Republic, the Perm region, and Kolyma—to carefully explore how memories become a social phenomenon, how objects become heritage, and how the human need to create sites of memory has preserved the Gulag in specific ways today.

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ISBN-13: 9781785339288
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/14/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Zuzanna Bogumił is Assistant Professor at the Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw. Her publications include the co-authored study The Enemy on Display: The Second World War in Eastern European Museums (Berghahn 2015) and trhe co-edited volume Stare i nowe tendencje w obszarze pamięci społecznej [The Old and New Tendencies in Social Memory] (Scolar 2018).

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Chapter 1. The Solovetsky Islands
Chapter 2. The Komi Republic
Chapter 3. Perm Krai
Chapter 4. Kolyma



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