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National Unity Day and the Abuse of Historical Narratives in Post- Soviet Russia
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

With the introduction of the National Unity Day in 2005, the political regime in Russian

Federation created a new platform in order to legitimize its power, break with the past and

fabricate historical narratives. It is meant to promote notions of patriotism, treachery of

foreign powers, and the need to have a strong ruler to govern the state. The epic film called

1612 (premiered on November 4), officially commissioned by the Kremlin, was released in

2007 - dramatizing these historical events.

With the use of critical discourse analysis, film analysis and the paradigm of invented tradition,

amongst others - the research has illustrated how the National Unity Day is an example of

invented tradition, introduced to legitimize particular political actors in Russia, fabricate

historical narratives and manipulate the audiences. The investigation was meant as a critique

of the abuse of history for political purposes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 74
Keywords [en]
National Unity Day, Russia, invented tradition, CDA, film analysis, politics of history, abuse of history.
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-393997OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-393997DiVA, id: diva2:1356306
Subject / course
Euroculture
Educational program
Master Programme in Euroculture
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Available from: 2019-10-04 Created: 2019-10-01 Last updated: 2019-10-04Bibliographically approved

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