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"Our glorious past" : Lukashenka's Belarus and the Great Patriotic War

Author: David R Marples
Publisher: Stuttgart : Ibidem-Verlag, [2014] ©2014
Series: Soviet and post-Soviet politics and society, 124.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This timely book examines how the regime of President Aliaksandr Lukashenka has used the ‘Great Patriotic War' (1941-45) as a key element in state and identity formation in Belarus. The campaign was discernible from 2003 and intensified after a rift with Russia that led to a re-examination of the earlier policy of close political and economic partnership. David R. Marples focuses in particular on the years 2009  Read more...
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History
Military history
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Marples, David R.
"Our glorious past"
(OCoLC)875136002
Named Person: Aleksandr Lukashenko; Aleksandr Lukashenko; Aljaksandr R Lukašėnka
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David R Marples
ISBN: 9783838266749 3838266749
OCLC Number: 889343752
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 403 pages) : illustrations, map.
Contents: PREFACE; TABLE OF CONTENTS; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; NOTE ON TRANSLITERATION OF NAMES; INTRODUCTION: LUKASHENKA'S BELARUS; CHAPTER ONE: THE START OF THE WAR; Introduction; School Textbooks; Interlude: Soviet Rule Extends to Western Belarus; The Start of the Great Patriotic War; Evacuations; The View from the Military; CHAPTER TWO: THE GERMAN OCCUPATION REGIME; Introduction; School Textbooks; Life Under Occupation; Camps; Collaboration; The Holocaust; CHAPTER THREE: THE PARTISANS; Introduction; School Textbooks; Vasily Korzh; Sydir Kovpak; Organizing Partisans; The NKVD and NKGB; Operations. CHAPTER FOUR: VETERAN HEROESIntroduction; Pilot Heroes; Heroes of the Soviet Union; Non-Belarusians; Young Heroes; MVD, Espionage; Fighting the War from the Beginning to the End; Late War Heroes; Heroes on Distant Fronts; Zhukov and Belarus; Surviving Veterans; Female Veterans; Patriotic Education; CHAPTER FIVE: LIBERATION AND VICTORY; Introduction; Part One: Liberation of Belarus; School Textbooks; Narratives on the Liberation of Belarus; Part Two: Aerial Warfare; Part Three: Victory; CHAPTER SIX: HISTORIC SITES AND MEMORIALS; Chatyń (Khatyn); The Brest "Hero" Fortress. Liniya Stalina (The Stalin Line)Monuments; a) Minsk; b) Other Areas of Belarus; c) Monuments Outside Belarus; Finding the Dead; CHAPTER SEVEN: PUBLICIZING THE WAR; Museums; Conferences; Concerts and Public Displays; Commemorations; Books and Documentaries; The Fortress of War Movie; The 65th Anniversary of Liberation of Belarus, 2009; The 65th Anniversary of the Victory, 2010; CHAPTER EIGHT: HISTORICAL REVISIONISM; Background; Victory Day; War Losses; The Vilnius Declaration; Political Officers and Penal Battalions; Treatment of Veterans; Illia Kopyl and the Partisans; CONCLUSION.
Series Title: Soviet and post-Soviet politics and society, 124.
Responsibility: David R. Marples.

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This timely book examines how the regime of President Aliaksandr Lukashenka has used the ‘Great Patriotic War' (1941-45) as a key element in state and identity formation in Belarus. The campaign was discernible from 2003 and intensified after a rift with Russia that led to a re-examination of the earlier policy of close political and economic partnership. David R. Marples focuses in particular on the years 2009 and 2010, which commemorated two 65th anniversaries: the liberation of Minsk (3 July 1944) and the end of World War II in Europe (9 May 1945). Using a variety of sources, this unique bo.

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