Writing History in the Soviet Union

Writing History in the Soviet Union: Making the Past Work is aimed at understanding this environment. The book seeks to identify the significant hallmarks of the production of Soviet history by Soviet as well as Western historians.

Writing History in the Soviet Union

Author: Arup Banerji

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351381989

Page: 322

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The history of the Soviet Union has been charted in several studies over the decades. These depictions while combining accuracy, elegance, readability and imaginativeness, have failed to draw attention to the political and academic environment within which these histories were composed. Writing History in the Soviet Union: Making the Past Work is aimed at understanding this environment. The book seeks to identify the significant hallmarks of the production of Soviet history by Soviet as well as Western historians. It traces how the Russian Revolution of 1917 triggered a shift in official policy towards historians and the publication of history textbooks for schools. In 1985, the Soviet past was again summoned for polemical revision as part and parcel of an attitude of openness (glasnost') and in this, literary figures joined their energies to those of historians. The Communist regime sought to equate the history of the country with that of the Communist Party itself in 1938 and 1962 and this imposed a blanket of conformity on history writing in the Soviet Union. The book also surveys the rich abundance of writing the Russian Revolution generated as well as the divergent approaches to the history of the period. The conditions for research in Soviet archives are described as an aspect of official monitoring of history writing. Another instance of this is the manner by which history textbooks have, through the years, been withdrawn from schools and others officially nursed into circulation. This intervention, occasioned in the present circumstance by statements by President Putin himself, in the manner in which history is taught in Russian schools, continues to this day. In other words, over the years, the regime has always worked to make the past work. Please note: Taylor & Francis does not sell or distribute the Hardback in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka

Writing the Stalin Era

Covering topics such as the Soviet monopoly over information and communication, violence in the gulags, and gender relations after World War II, this festschrift volume highlights the work and legacy of Sheila Fitzpatrick offers a cross ...

Writing the Stalin Era

Author: G. Alexopoulos

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230116426

Page: 246

View: 381

Covering topics such as the Soviet monopoly over information and communication, violence in the gulags, and gender relations after World War II, this festschrift volume highlights the work and legacy of Sheila Fitzpatrick offers a cross-section of some of the best work being done on a critical period of Russia and the Soviet Union.

Debates on Stalinism

This book will allow readers to better understand not only the history of history writing, but also contemporary controversies and conflicts in the successor states of the Soviet Union, in particular Russia and Ukraine.

Debates on Stalinism

Author: Mark Edele

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781784994303

Page: 288

View: 336

Debates on Stalinism introduces major debates about Stalinism during and after the Cold War. It introduces major debates and major historians of the Soviet Union during the brutal reign of Stalin. Readers will better understand not only the history of our current understanding of Stalinism but also contemporary debates in Russia and Ukraine.

Spartacus Uprising and Soviet Historical Writing

This eye-opening essay in historiography is supported by an extensive bibliography of Russian writing. Revised version of the text published in Germany in 1983.

Spartacus  Uprising and Soviet Historical Writing

Author: Wolfgang Zeev Rubinsohn

Publisher: Oxbow Books Limited

ISBN:

Page: 55

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The glorification of Spartacus in the revolutionary mythology and martyrology of the Soviet Union has lead to great distortions in historical accuracy. This book chronicles the changing attitudes to Spartacus in Soviet historical writing, and the fate of some of those who have sought to get back to the ancient sources or have dared to question the `official history'. This eye-opening essay in historiography is supported by an extensive bibliography of Russian writing. Revised version of the text published in Germany in 1983.

The Soviet Union A Very Short Introduction

Almost twenty years after the Soviet Union's end, what are we to make of its existence?

The Soviet Union  A Very Short Introduction

Author: Stephen Lovell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199238480

Page: 151

View: 697

Almost twenty years after the Soviet Union's end, what are we to make of its existence? Was it a heroic experiment, an unmitigated disaster, or a viable if flawed response to the modern world? What was the Soviet Union like? How did it evolve over seven decades? What was the relationship between the regime and the general population? This introduction blends political history with an investigation into the society and culture at the time. The author examines aspects of patriotism, mass culture, political violence, poverty, and ideology; and provides answers to some of the big questions about the Soviet experience.

Dissident Histories in the Soviet Union

This is important reading for all scholars working on late Soviet history and society."--Bloomsbury Publishing.

Dissident Histories in the Soviet Union

Author: Barbara Martin

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781350106826

Page: 293

View: 431

"How was it possible to write history in the Soviet Union, under strict state control and without access to archives? What methods of research did these 'historians' - be they academic, that is based at formal institutions, or independent - rely on? And how was their work influenced by their complex and shifting relationships with the state? To answer these questions, Barbara Martin here tracks the careers of four bold and important dissidents: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Roy Medvedev, Aleksandr Nekrich and Anton Antonov-Ovseenko. Based on extensive archival research and interviews (with some of the authors themselves, as well as those close to them), the result is a nuanced and very necessary history of Soviet dissident history writing, from the relative liberalisation of de-Stalinisation through increasing repression and persecution in the Brezhnev era to liberalisation once more during perestroika. In the process Martin sheds light onto late Soviet society and its relationship with the state, as well as the ways in which this dissidence participated in weakening the Soviet regime during Perestroika. This is important reading for all scholars working on late Soviet history and society."--Bloomsbury Publishing.

Russian and Soviet History

" Informed by both archival work and published sources, this text introduces students to Russian history in an accessible and provocative format, and its eclectic essays offer readers an incomparable taste of the complexity and richness of ...

Russian and Soviet History

Author: Steven A. Usitalo

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN:

Page: 292

View: 358

An original and thought-provoking text, Russian and Soviet History uses noteworthy themes and important events from Russian history to spark classroom discussion. Consisting of twenty essays written by experts in each area, the book showcases current thinking on Russian cultural, political, economic, and social history from the sixteenth century to the demise of the Soviet "experiment." Informed by both archival work and published sources, this text introduces students to Russian history in an accessible and provocative format, and its eclectic essays offer readers an incomparable taste of the complexity and richness of Russia.

Writing History and Making Policy

A study of theories of the Cold War which represents a decade of serious research and study.

Writing History and Making Policy

Author: Richard A. Melanson

Publisher: American Values Projected Abro

ISBN:

Page: 254

View: 946

A study of theories of the Cold War which represents a decade of serious research and study. The author proceeds step by step to understand and analyze the differing approaches of leading individual thinkers and schools of thought, making this the most comprehensive view of the Cold War ever published. Co-published with the Miller Center of Public Affairs.

Adventures of a Postmodern Historian

In doing so he offers a window into the state of history today – and points to exciting new ways of writing the past. This is a book about the craft of history, about both doing research and writing it.

Adventures of a Postmodern Historian

Author: Robert A. Rosenstone

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474274234

Page: 224

View: 905

Robert Rosenstone was among the first 'postmodern' historians, and remains one of the most renowned. In this honest, revealing and often funny memoir, he shows us how he got there and why. Adventures of a Postmodern Historian chronicles Rosenstone's research journeys over half a century. Beginning in the 1960s, his offbeat trajectory took him on adventures through the police states of Franco Spain and the Soviet Union, to the Shinto shrines and Zen temples of Japan and ultimately to Hollywood. Alongside his own memoirs, Rosenstone reflects upon developments and changes within the realm of professional history, which in turn reflect the social, cultural, and intellectual shifts of the late 20th century. A pioneer of experimental and creative history, he suggests how the experience of the historian can inflect the written history, and provides a defence of innovation in historical writing that is both intellectually rigorous and entertaining. In doing so he offers a window into the state of history today – and points to exciting new ways of writing the past. This is a book about the craft of history, about both doing research and writing it. It should be required reading for all historians.

Writing the Stalin Era

Covering topics such as the Soviet monopoly over information and communication, violence in the gulags, and gender relations after World War II, this festschrift volume highlights the work and legacy of Sheila Fitzpatrick offers a cross ...

Writing the Stalin Era

Author: G. Alexopoulos

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230105492

Page: 246

View: 464

Covering topics such as the Soviet monopoly over information and communication, violence in the gulags, and gender relations after World War II, this festschrift volume highlights the work and legacy of Sheila Fitzpatrick offers a cross-section of some of the best work being done on a critical period of Russia and the Soviet Union.

Nationalist Imaginings of the Russian Past

Tsarist era had to write historical fantasy in the Soviet period just to get published
. Although more complex and diverse than simple propaganda , the novels ,
popular history and textbooks produced in the Soviet Union after 1930 were
written ...

Nationalist Imaginings of the Russian Past

Author: Konstantin Sheiko

Publisher: Ibidem Press

ISBN:

Page: 251

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Anatolii Fomenko is a distinguished Russian mathematician turned popular history writer, founder of the so-called New Chronology school, and part of the explosion of alternative historical writing that has emerged in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among his more startling claims are that the Old Testament was written after the New Testament, that Russia is older than Greece and Rome, and that the medieval Mongol Empire was in fact a Slav-Turk world empire, a Russian Horde, to which Western and Eastern powers paid tribute. While academic historians dismiss Fomenko as a dangerous ethno-nationalist or post-modern clown, Fomenko's publications invariably outsell his conventional rivals. Just as Putin has restored Russia's faith in its future, Fomenko and an army of fellow alternative historians are determined to restore Russia's faith in its past. For Fomenko, the key to Russia's greatness in the future lies in ensuring that Russians understand the true greatness of their past. Fomenko and other pseudo-historians have built upon existing Russian notions of identity, specifically the widespread belief in the positive qualities of empire and the special mission of Russia. He has drawn upon previous attempts to establish a Russian identity, ranging from Slavophilism through Stalinism to Eurasianism. While fantastic, Fomenko's pseudo-history strikes many Russian readers as no less legitimate than the lies and distortions peddled by Communist propagandists, Tsarist historians and church chroniclers.

The Soviet Union 1988

At many of these discussions , historians have gone far beyond the topics and
attitudes toward history that Gorbachev ... to raise the larger questions of
alternatives and the inadequacies of history written exclusively from the
perspective of the ...

The Soviet Union 1988

Author: Paul Lerner

Publisher: Crane Russak, Incorporated

ISBN:

Page: 219

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Much of Western news reporting on the USSR is lacking in substance and historical perspective. This volume provides general readers and scholars with major essays written by internationally respected specialists focusing on important topics in the Soviet Union.

My Days with Nehru

I do hope that one day the Soviet people will compel their government to reinvest
the city with its illustrious name to adorn for ever the pages of the history of a
heroic people . The Soviet Union is not unused to re - writing history . Even the ...

My Days with Nehru

Author: M. O. Mathai

Publisher: Vikas Pub

ISBN:

Page: 270

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Reminiscences of the author, special assistant, 1946 to 1959, to Jawaharlal Nehru, 1889-1964, former prime minister of India.

Studies on the Soviet Union

... of Party theoreticians in charge of the writing of history is to treat the whole
subject against the background of the present " construction of Communism ” in
the Soviet Union , and historians are called upon to demonstrate the inevitable
nature ...

Studies on the Soviet Union

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page:

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Stalingrad 1942 1943

In short, these books are aimed at different audiences: anyone who likes reading will enjoy Beevor, but someone who wants the military specifics and contexts will benefit more from Walsh.

Stalingrad 1942   1943

Author: Stephen Walsh

Publisher: Amber Books Ltd

ISBN: 1908273984

Page: 192

View: 405

The German invasion of Russia was Hitler’s biggest gamble in his quest for ‘Lebensraum’ in the East – and it was at Stalingrad that his gamble failed. Stalingrad 1942-1943: The Infernal Cauldron is a comprehensive history of the greatest battle of World War II, a defining moment in the struggle on the Eastern Front, which has been called the Verdun of World War II. From an About.Com review of the illustrated print edition: "[Anthony Beevor’s] Stalingrad is wholly worthy of its fame. Fortunately for publishers, there are many ways to write history and Stephen Walsh's account of Stalingrad offers a strong alternative: a military history. Walsh may cover the same ground … but his is a narrative of logistics and tactical planning, an account of where troops moved and fought, why plans were conceived and what they meant militarily. There's a large overlap between Beevor and Walsh - both include the same basic detail - but Beevor's prose is more personal … while Walsh's text considers the limits of German national power and the nature of Vernichtungschlacht warfare. Where Beevor discusses the difficulty of providing exact figures Walsh just gives them and where Beevor's writing is ceaselessly gripping Walsh is more sedate, educational and discursive. In short, these books are aimed at different audiences: anyone who likes reading will enjoy Beevor, but someone who wants the military specifics and contexts will benefit more from Walsh. Another bonus is a chapter on Army Group A and their campaign in the Caucasus, an event presumably omitted from Beevor's Stalingrad on grounds of relevance, but one which helps place the siege on context. Walsh's book is an excellent military history, but Beevor's is better suited to a broader audience: in terms of text, neither is more wrong nor right than the other, but Walsh feels like a documentary and Beevor like a feature film. It might seem unfair to constantly compare The Infernal Cauldron to Stalingrad, but I urge everyone who reads one to study the other too. No one should miss out on Beevor's style and treatment of both history and humanity, while The Infernal Cauldron is a superb, maybe even essential, companion to Stalingrad.”