Policy Memos

History as an Old-New Political Tool in Eurasia

Policy Memo:

18

Publication Date:

08-2008

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History used to be the major ideological discipline in the USSR. Joseph Stalin’s “Short Course on the History of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks)” was a single-volume version of the dominant ideology that included everything Soviet citizens needed to know about politics and society. During Nikita Khrushchev’s “thaw” and Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika, historical publications about the crimes of the previous epoch drove new ideologies further along the road of reform. [...]

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Professor
European University at St. Petersburg