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Being SovietIdentity, Rumour, and Everyday Life under Stalin 1939–1953$
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Timothy Johnston

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199604036

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604036.001.0001

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(p.209) Conclusion
Being Soviet

Timothy Johnston

Oxford University Press

Official Soviet Identity evolved in relation to the dramatic events of this period. By 1953 a successful and resilient version of Sovietness had emerged that stressed the peace-loving diplomatic identity of the USSR. The cultural aspect of Official Soviet Identity was less compelling, particularly when faced with a dynamic opponent such as the USA. The USSR collapsed when enough people decided they no longer wanted to be Soviet. The supra-national narrative of Sovietness was swept away by a tide of nationalist rhetoric, but nationalism was the beneficiary not the cause of the fall

Keywords:   Soviet identity, 1939, 1953, Identity, nationalism, collapse of the USSR

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