Soviet «Founding Myth»: change of milestones in the 1930’s

Keywords: Stalin, historical grand narrative, Founding Myth, Soviet patriotism, history, legitimation, propaganda, nationalism


The author debates with the concept of the Soviet ideological turn (mid-30's) as a simple means of pre-war mobilization (David Brandenberger). The paper argues that in the 1930’s the Bolsheviks refused to «national nihilism» and mouved to the national Great Russian position. First – within the «Soviet patriotism», then – according to the Russian historical grand-narrative. This transition was caused by the need to involve in the process of modernization as wide population as possible, especially those who were not too inspired heroism «new era». The choice of historical figures and events of the past was dictated by the need to strengthen one-man rule of Stalin. Historians and artists, formed in the 1930's, took the leading role in science and in the creative unions in 1960-70's, which allowed the Soviet establishment to prevent the radical rejection of Stalin's legacy, to curtail the timid attempts to rethink the historical grand-narrative and to form among the so-called "Russian party".

Author Biography

Ihor Nemchynov, National Pedagogical Dragomanov University
Doctor of sciences of philosophy, Professor of the Departament of Philosophy


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Nemchynov, I. (2017). Soviet «Founding Myth»: change of milestones in the 1930’s. Sententiae, 36(1), 83-92.


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