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Soviet Identity through the Prism of the Soviet Art: Deconstruction in the «New Thinking Policy»

Student: Anna Lenskaia

Supervisor: Dmitry Novikov

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: Double degree programme in International Relations of the NRU HSE and the University of London (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 8

Year of Graduation: 2021

This thesis paper examines the national identity shift which occurred in the final years of the existence of the USSR. A big portion of this research is dedicated to the Constructivist perspective of the issue, with an extensive analysis of the assumptions of this theory of International Relations. The possible identity shift is proven on the example of Soviet-American bilateral relations. The research is completed by quantitative and qualitative analyses of the Soviet art of this period, in search of the reflections of the identity transformations. Keywords: identity, identity shift, Constructivism, USSR, US, art.

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