9781107031395

Symbolism and Regime Change in Russia

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  • ISBN13:

    9781107031395

  • ISBN10:

    1107031397

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2/25/2013
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Summary

During the Soviet period, political symbolism developed into a coherent narrative which underpinned Soviet political development. Following the collapse of the Soviet regime and its widespread rejection by the Russian people, a new form of narrative which both explained the state of existing society and gave a sense of its direction was needed. By examining the imagery contained in presidential addresses, the political system, the public sphere and the urban development of Moscow, Graeme Gill shows how no single coherent symbolic programme has emerged to replace that of the Soviet period. Laying particular emphasis on the Soviet legacy, and especially the figure of Stalin, Symbolism and Regime Change in Russia explains why it has been so difficult to generate a new set of symbols which could constitute a coherent narrative for the new Russia.

Table of Contents

Symbolism and regime change
Dissolution of the Soviet metanarrative
The leader's vision
The symbolism of the political arena
Russian identity in the public arena
Moscow: a material basis for post-Soviet identity?
Conclusion: the difficulties of a post-Soviet narrative
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