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Reconstructing the Cold WarThe Early Years, 1945-1958$
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Ted Hopf

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199858484

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858484.001.0001

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Stalinism after the War

Stalinism after the War

A Discourse of Danger, 1945–53

(p.29) 2 Stalinism after the War
Reconstructing the Cold War

Ted Hopf

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes and analyzes the predominant discourse of Soviet identity and its relationships to various challengers. The predominant discourse was one of danger, binarization, dichotomization, infallibility, typicality, paternalism, and hierarchy. Its substantive core was defined by modernity, the Russian nation, and fear of its external Western Other. The chapter offers some ideas about how these discourses were institutionalized and how they worked in the Soviet context, both as instruments wielded by actors in struggles with each other, and as social structures constraining these very actors. It concludes with some implications for Soviet identity relations with other states in the world.

Keywords:   Soviet identity, binarization, dichotomization, infallibility, typicality, paternalism, hierarchy modernity, Russian nation

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