Stalin's Empire of Memory: Russian-Ukrainian Relations in the Soviet Historical Imagination
Based on declassified materials from eight Ukrainian and Russian archives, Stalin's Empire of Memory, offers a complex and vivid analysis of the politics of memory under Stalinism. Using the Ukrainian republic as a case study, Serhy Yekelchyk elucidates the intricate interaction between the Kremlin, non-Russian intellectuals, and their audiences.
Yekelchyk posits that contemporary representations of the past reflected the USSR's evolution into an empire with a complex hierarchy among its nations. In reality, he argues, the authorities never quite managed to control popular historical imagination or fully reconcile Russia's 'glorious past' with national mythologies of the non-Russian nationalities.
Combining archival research with an innovative methodology that links scholarly and political texts with the literary works and artistic images, Stalin's Empire of Memory presents a lucid, readable text that will become a must-have for students, academics, and anyone interested in Russian history.
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- Page Count: 230 pages
- Dimensions: 6.2in x 1.0in x 9.3in
Reviews“Yekelchyk’s account is a model of archival research and clear exposition.”
American Historical Review
“By masterfully integrating theories of collective memory with archival research and by detailing the party’s compromises with the past, Yekelchyk has produced a rich and thought-provoking assessment of the politics of memory in Soviet Ukraine.”
George O. Liber
Journal of Modern History
“Yekelchyk’s investigation of the ‘creation’ of Soviet Ukraine is nothing less than an interdisciplinary tour de force that supplies fascinating insight into the party’s accidental role in the formation of the USSR’s successor states.”
Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire
“Of significant interest to the broader scholarly audience interested in problems of nationalism, colonialism, and imperialism, as well as to college students beginning to explore these issues.”
Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue canadienne des slavistes
'This is an excellent book ... Yekelchyk demonstrates the critical importance of the politics of memory for the study of empires in general and of the Soviet Union in particular. At the cutting edge of Ukrainian and Russian studies as well as cultural and postcolonial studies, it will have a significant impact.'
Hiroaki Kuromiya, Department of History, Indiana University
'Yekelchyk has written a wonderful book that offers a wholly original, well-researched, sophisticated, and balanced account of an important subject. The focus is the struggle between Soviet political leaders, ideologists and cultural tastemakers on the one hand, and Ukrainian historians, cultural figures and their political supervisors on the other... This book represents a highly significant contribution to scholarship.'
Peter Solomon, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Toronto
Author InformationSerhy Yekelchyk is an associate professor in the Departments of Germanic and Russian Studies and the Department of History at the University of Victoria.
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