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WWII in Russia’s Historical Memory: Discourse Functions at the Periphery
Political Analysis and Public Policy
While using the methodology of case study, this paper concentrates on the analysis of local narratives on WWII that serve today as a vivid example of the interaction between various discourses, memories and identities. The specificity of this narrative and its development within heterogeneous political, cultural and social spaces that have developed within the conditions of previous imperial practices necessitates the use of an interdisciplinary poststructuralist approach while studying the case. Such an analytical model allows to expand the horizons of structuralist paradigms, which identified empires with colonies and ignored the structure of relations between imperial discourses and practices characterizing the post-imperial situation today. When understanding this case as a research situation, that cannot be conceptualized, as it now seems, beyond the categories created by modernity, it is proposed to study this narrative through the prism of historical memory, i.e. ideas about the past, defining the nature of future within the dialectical connection.