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Legacy of the Siege of Leningrad, 1941-1995 Myth, Memories, and Monuments von Kirschenbaum, Lisa A. (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 04.09.2006
  • Verlag: Cambridge University Press
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Legacy of the Siege of Leningrad, 1941-1995

Traces the ways in which commemorations created by the state reflected and shaped survivors' recollections of the siege of Leningrad. The siege of Leningrad constituted one of the most dramatic episodes of World War II, one that individuals and the state began to commemorate almost immediately. Official representations of 'heroic Leningrad' omitted and distorted a great deal. Nonetheless, survivors struggling to cope with painful memories often internalized, even if they did not completely accept, the state's myths, and they often found their own uses for the state's monuments. Tracing the overlap and interplay of individual memories and fifty years of Soviet mythmaking, this book contributes to understandings of both the power of Soviet identities and the delegitimizing potential of the Soviet Union's chief legitimizing myths. Because besieged Leningrad blurred the boundaries between the largely male battlefront and the predominantly female home front, it offers a unique vantage point for a study of the gendered dimensions of the war experience, urban space, individual memory, and public commemoration.

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    Format: PDF
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Erscheinungsdatum: 04.09.2006
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780511247996
    Verlag: Cambridge University Press
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