Redesigning History in Contemporary Russia

  title={Redesigning History in Contemporary Russia},
  author={Catherine Merridale},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={13 - 28}
  • C. Merridale
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
The past is something that dictatorships do not leave to chance. They almost always control academic research. They limit public access to information. Most conspicuously of all, they also try to define popular history, including school and university courses, as well as media output, literature, commemoration and public space. These features have been common to most of the dictatorships of the past two centuries, but for those whose propaganda has emphasized an ideology of progress, they have… 
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