The New Holidays in Russia: Their Cultural and Political Meanings

19 November 2008, 17:00 - 19:00


Speaker: Professor Andrei Zorin (University of Oxford)

In 2005, on the day of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Russian victory World War II, Russia inaugurated a new national holiday. It was moved from November 7, the day of the celebration of Bolshevik revolution of 1917, to November 4, the presumed day of the liberation of Moscow in 1612 from Polish troops. This change reflects the Russian search for a new ideology to replace fallen communism and its express Russia's reevaluation of her national history. The choice of the date marks the end of the period of symbolic uncertainty that was typical of the nineties and gives insight into the thinking of the current political elite. 

This event is part of the Contemporary Russian Culture Studies Group Seminar series.

Meetings are held on alternate Wednesdays during term-time, 5pm to 7.00pm at CRASSH.

All welcome.  No registration required.


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