POL101Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: October Revolution, Slavophilia, Westernization

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UTSG
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Political Science
Course
POL101Y1
POL354 Lecture 12 Russian Identity
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The country has struggled with its national identity in the Post-Soviet period. The country
has gone through three different regimes, separated by revolutions, in the 20th century
[1] the Russian Imperialist Regime [2] the core of the Soviet Union [3] Post soviet - 15
separate nation states, including the Russians.
The reality is that in both the Soviet case and Russian Federation case, the elites and public
have entered into public discussions into what the nature of the new nation is, and should
be.
In the post-Soviet period has involved reconstructing the Russian identity along territorial
lines. The issue of language has become critical. Issue of religion institutions and values that
had been undermined, if not destroyed, during the Soviet period. The issue of “who we are”
in terms of the narrative that defines us, our history constructs a story of who we are..
Debate between slavophiles and western values/institutions
We can examine this debate in many ways through intellectuals and academics, school
textbooks, the media, political leaders, etc…
The Construction and Reconstruction of Public Space
The debates that have occurred in Moscow over the architecture of the city reflect the
broader debates of who Russians are. Can look at aspects of the Russian Soviet past that
have been glorified or disavowed, and we can also see a number of contested spaces
monuments, buildings, other facades that have not yet been resolved in the context of how
they fit into the narrative of Russian identity.
Red Square:
Historical centre of Moscow, dating back 850 years
It is the centre of the city the Kremlin was historically the core of the city through
the Russian Empire through to modern Russia
Red Square is one of the most contested areas of the entire city.
There are four different messages on each side of the square:
o Cathedral symbol of Orthodox Imperialist Russia
o Wall of the Kremlin on the right hand side. It is important historically and
in contemporary times. It contains a huge marble mausoleum with Lenin’s
body in it. There is much debate over what to do with Lenin’s body. It was
the centrepiece of soviet Moscow (the mausoleum). Stalin was removed
from the tomb in 1962 and placed in a grave behind the wall. Stalin was
downgraded, overtime Stalin’s gravestone has changed. Emergence of
o Just outside of Red Square is a large Soviet Museum history of the soviet
revolution. The contents of the building and its significance have changed
dramatically. It is now known as the history of modern Russia. It gives the
impression that Russian identity is more than the 1917 revolution on the
Soviet period.
o Another radical transformation is Westernization there is a huge mall built
underneath the Square. (find out where it is, not in Red Square)
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The country has struggled with its national identity in the post-soviet period. The country has gone through three different regimes, separated by revolutions, in the 20th century . [1] the russian imperialist regime [2] the core of the soviet union [3] post soviet - 15 separate nation states, including the russians. The reality is that in both the soviet case and russian federation case, the elites and public have entered into public discussions into what the nature of the new nation is, and should be. In the post-soviet period has involved reconstructing the russian identity along territorial lines. Issue of religion institutions and values that had been undermined, if not destroyed, during the soviet period. The issue of who we are in terms of the narrative that defines us, our history constructs a story of who we are We can examine this debate in many ways through intellectuals and academics, school textbooks, the media, political leaders, etc .

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