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In Search of a Modern Mnemonic Narrative of Communism: Russia's Mnemopolitical Mimesis during the Medvedev Presidency

Malksoo, Maria (2015) In Search of a Modern Mnemonic Narrative of Communism: Russia's Mnemopolitical Mimesis during the Medvedev Presidency. Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, 1 (2). pp. 317-339. ISSN 2364-5334.

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Abstract

This article examines the politics of memory in Russia during the Medvedev presidency (2008–12). It suggests an understanding of the proposals for a “new historical doctrine” in Russia during this period through the lens of mimesis. Russia’s search for a “modern” mnemonic narrative of communism could be interpreted as an attempt to “normalize” the country as an actor in international politics. The paper engages critically the question of whether the calls for mnemonical modernization subscribe to, or rather challenge, the Western power to define the normative meaning of what constitutes the proper way of coming to terms with the violent past. It problematizes the link between “mnemonical modernization” and international “normality” in contemporary Russian politics. The article argues that the emphasis on the volume of national suffering and martyrdom has not been matched with the discussion of the issues of responsibility in the calls to establish a “new historical doctrine” about communism in contemporary Russia.

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Uncontrolled keywords: Politics of memory, Russia, Medvedev presidency, mimesis, new historical doctrine
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: M. Malksoo
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2016 10:02 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:46 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57058 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Malksoo, Maria: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7110-2050
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