To whom belongs history? The theatre of memory in Russia, Estonia & Georgia

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Abstract

This article discusses different processes of appropriation of history in three former Soviet Republics. It provides a context for the recent historical retrofitting by taking the re-monumentalisation of the past in Estonia, the popularity of pseudo-history in Russia, and the current state of the Stalin museum in Georgia as symptomatic of wider social processes. New forms of convergence are shown between the historical and the political by the replacement, emptying of meaning, and remixability of past symbols. The author concludes that the Soviet world has been put to political and communicative uses as a familiar context to refer to; also that the process of retrofitting historical narratives is not over yet in any of these societies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAnthropological journal of European cultures
Volume26
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)98-127
Number of pages30
ISSN1755-2923
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities

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