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The Long Life of Stalinism: Reflections on the Aftermath of Totalitarianism and Social Memory


In today's Russia the whole-scale rehabilitation of the Soviet regime and specifically of the figure of Stalin co-exists with a vast and widely available archive of the historical and testimonial literature exhaustively chronicling Stalin's crimes against his own people. This paper argues that to make sense of the complex convergence of the cultures of remembering and forgetting in the post-Soviet Russian society, we must turn our attention to the relationship between memory and affect under totalitarianism.

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