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Contested Memory: Writing the Great Patriotic War’s Official History During Khrushchev’s Thaw

Abstract The first official history of the Great Patriotic War appeared in the Soviet Union in 1960-1965. It evolved into a six-volume set that elicited both praise and criticism from the reading public. This dissertation examines the creation of the historiographical narrative of the Great Patriotic War in the decade following de-Stalinization in 1956. The debates historians, Party and state representatives engaged in, including the responses they received from reviewers and readers, shed new light on the relationship between the government, those who wrote state-sponsored narratives, and the reading public.

The narrative examined here shows the importance and value placed on the war effort, and explores how aspects of the Stalinist period wer... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Mann, Yan (Author) / Von Hagen, Mark (Advisor) / Manchester, Laurie (Advisor) / Holian, Anna (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject History / Historiography / Soviet Union / WWII
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 437 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation History 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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