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Student
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Supervisor
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Educational Programme
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Year of Graduation
Margarita Pavlova
Group of Rescue of Monuments (1986-1990): Depoliticization of the Political in the Context of Perestroika in Leningrad
History
(Bachelor’s programme)
2018
The research paper “Group of Rescue of Monuments (1986-1990): Depoliticization of the Political in the Context of Perestroika in Leningrad” is devoted to the study of civil (non)political initiative. Its formation during perestroika became possible due to the peculiarities of social and cultural development of late Soviet Leningrad. Protection of historical and cultural monuments as a form of disagreement with the state cultural policy became the starting point for the consolidation of the group identity, which predetermined the character of informal youth activism in Leningrad during perestroika.

The study raised the following questions: what are the contextual features of the formation of the group? Why did the group members, expressing disagreement with the state city protection activism, oppose themselves to the politics?

The historiographical tradition demonstrates the breadth of the research perspective, but there is no historical research devoted to the “Rescue Group” as an example of civil self-organization during perestroika. Based on the method of oral history, this study contributes to the understanding of social processes at the micro level and continues the discussion about the specifics of the late Soviet society as well as expands the dialogue on the causes of the USSR`s.

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