Using an original survey of adolescents in post-communist Russia and Ukraine, this study analyzes attitudes toward the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The results demonstrate how contextual factors – the republic's position within the former Soviet Union and prior history of colonization – affect the level of nostalgia among the young generation. Based upon semi-structured interviews with adolescents, the study identifies sources of positive and negative attitudes toward the Soviet demise. Furthermore, the research reveals cross-national differences in the relationship between Soviet nostalgia and national pride.
Contextual effects on historical memory: Soviet nostalgia among post-Soviet adolescents
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Olena Nikolayenko; Contextual effects on historical memory: Soviet nostalgia among post-Soviet adolescents. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 June 2008; 41 (2): 243–259. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2008.03.001
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