Date Thesis Awarded


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Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


Global Studies


Elena Prokhorova

Committee Members

Bruce Campbell

Frederick C. Corney

Alexander Prokhorov


In the Soviet Union, World War II was looked to as one of the most important historical events in the nation's history, unifying the population and the state. The state developed and exploited the narrative of WWII as a means of maintaining control in the country even after belief in Soviet ideology faltered. This process has been continued in post-Soviet Russia. This thesis traces the development of the Soviet telling of the war myth and how it is used in the new Russia for the state's pragmatic purposes. It specifically examines the transition of the war myth to the Internet, looking at how a state-sponsored website negotiates telling the "canonical" war story and allows for personal memories to be included in the telling.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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