ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Notes on the Histories of History in the Soviet Union

During most of the lifespan of the Soviet Union, history and historiography remained subject to specific restrictive constraints. It was during the last few years pending its demise that an "unleashing of the energy of history" produced a flood of new work in various genres, that fundamentally challenged received wisdom. The foci of this essay are, firstly, to depict the manner by which the Soviet regime controlled research institutions, publications and themes in the domain of history and, secondly, to chart the shifting positions concerning discussion of key events in Soviet history. The archive and the textbook have been singled out as exemplifying Soviet policies. The essay is interpretative and illustrative; it does not lay any claim to serving as an exhaustive chronicle of the histories of history in the USSR.

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