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Historical consciousness and the consolidation of the opposition: uses of the history of revolution and dissent in Russian protest art, 2008–2012
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Unit of Economic History.
2024 (English)In: Post-Soviet Affairs, ISSN 1060-586X, E-ISSN 1938-2855, Vol. 40, no 2, p. 88-104Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The protests against election fraud in Russia in winter 2011–2012 were the first in the post-Soviet period that were attended by a united opposition, and attracted hundreds of thousands of previously apolitical citizens. This article seeks to explain mass participation in the protests by focusing on uses of the history of revolution and dissent in Russian protest art. The article investigates whether a common historical consciousness, which could have made it possible to unify previously fragmented opposition and mobilize previously apolitical citizens, was manifested in protest artworks created by artists with differing political ideologies. The conclusion is that the official historical narrative promoted by the state–of a spiritual unity between a strong state and the people–was challenged and undermined by protest artists, who have characterized Russian history as a continuous struggle between an oppressive state and civil society. This finding indicates that a common historical consciousness was manifested in protest artworks.

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Routledge, 2024. Vol. 40, no 2, p. 88-104
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2011–2012 protests, historical consciousness, Protest art, Russia, uses of history
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-217011DOI: 10.1080/1060586X.2023.2270374ISI: 001100820500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85176790055OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-217011DiVA, id: diva2:1814766
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 2019-0053Available from: 2023-11-27 Created: 2023-11-27 Last updated: 2024-04-30Bibliographically approved

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