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Memory Makers of the Great Patriotic War

Curator Agency and Visitor Participation in Soviet War Museums during Stalinism

Anne E. Hasselmann

schoolgirls gathered around her and listened quietly to her explanations. The group stood under the arches of a hall devoted to the events of the “Great Patriotic War.” Listening to the guide, the girls might have looked up at the heavy weapons and seen the

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The Return of Mother Russia

Representations of Women in Soviet Wartime Cinema

Elena Baraban

This article examines the process of symbolisation in the images of women in Soviet cinema. It argues that during the Great Patriotic War (1941–1945) many female characters served as symbolic representations of the country itself, of Mother Russia, determined to defeat the enemy and ready to endure hardships and to cope with deprivation and grief. The start of the resistance against Nazi Germany called for many more depictions of women than was typical in the thoroughly masculinised culture of the 1930s. At the same time, wartime images of women were quite abstract: they recalled posters and often relied on a symbolically charged mise-en-scène.

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“The Community is Everything, The Individual is Nothing”

The Second World War in Russian History Education

Dagmara Moskwa

The Second World War, often referred to in Russia as the Great Patriotic War, is considered the most important event of twentieth-century Russian history and has had a strong influence on contemporary Russian identity. The myth of the Great

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Islamic Biopolitics during Pandemics in Russia

Intertextuality of Religious, Medical and Political Discourses

Sofya A. Ragozina

the victory in the Great Patriotic War, the celebration of which occupies a special place in the modern historical policy of the Russian state. How are COVID-19, Islam and Victory Day related? References to the Victory Day theme are some of the most

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Remembering the Second World War in Post-Soviet Educational Media

Barbara Christophe

argument in the impressive number of recent studies that have explored the dynamics of remembering the Second World War, usually referred to as the Great Patriotic War in post-Soviet Russia. I will then present an overview of the contributions to this

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Narrating the Second World War

History Textbooks and Nation Building in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine

Lina Klymenko

a new chapter entitled “The Great Patriotic War.” The textbook defines this event as a war of the Soviet people, and as the most important part of the Second World War for all the people on earth. 42 By highlighting the heroism of the Red Army

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The Ukrainian divide

The power of historical narratives, imagined communities, and collective memories

Alina Penkala, Ilse Derluyn, and Ine Lietaert

creating “imagined communities”: in the Eastern part of Ukraine—“Little Russians” and in the Western part—“Ruthenians.” In the last section, conflicting collective memories on the Great Patriotic War and the Ukrainian war of liberation are presented

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“Russia My History”

A Hi-Tech Version of an Old History Textbook

Olga Konkka

particularly resistant to innovation, let alone postmodernism, at least when it comes to its museal representation. Owing to multiple factors that have influenced Soviet and post-Soviet memory politics and practices, the Great Patriotic War is usually presented

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Tiina Ann Kirss

slowly. Even if one considers school history textbooks (as in James V. Wertsch’s study of Soviet schoolbooks on the topic of the ‘Great Patriotic War’), one of the most often studied source materials for tracking changing understandings of the past with

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Gendered Images and Soviet Subjects

How the Komsomol Archive Enriched My Understanding of Gender in Soviet War Culture

Adrienne M. Harris

propaganda during the Great Patriotic War, even as cultural trends shifted in new directions, family members played vital roles in the shaping of hero narratives. All the same, as I was aware of the prewar disconnect noted by Chatterjee between familiar roles