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From the Trenches of Stalingrad to the Digital Front: The Myth and Memory of WWII in the Soviet Union and the New Russia

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Author: Lassin, Jacob Evan
Advisor: Prokhorova, Elena
Committee Members: Campbell, Bruce, 1955-; Corney, Frederick C.; Prokhorov, Alexander, 1965-
Issued Date: 2012-04
Subjects: World War II
Soviet Union
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/17072
Description: In the Soviet Union, World War II was looked to as one of the most important historical events in the nation's history, unifying the population and the state. The state developed and exploited the narrative of WWII as a means of maintaining control in the country even after belief in Soviet ideology faltered. This process has been continued in post-Soviet Russia. This thesis traces the development of the Soviet telling of the war myth and how it is used in the new Russia for the state's pragmatic purposes. It specifically examines the transition of the war myth to the Internet, looking at how a state-sponsored website negotiates telling the "canonical" war story and allows for personal memories to be included in the telling.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Global Studies

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