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Demontáž sovětského dějinného paradigmatu v Lotyšsku na konci 80. let 20. století: některé aspekty kontinuity a diskontinuity



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Deconstruction of the Soviet historical paradigm in Latvia in late 1980s: aspects of continuity and discontinuity
Демонтаж советской исторической парадигмы в Латвии в конце 80-х гг. XX в.: некоторые аспекты континуума и дисконтинуума

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The article focuses on the turning point in the deconstruction of the Soviet paradigm in Latvian historiography at the turn of the 1980s and 1990s and draws attention to and analyses the relevant aspects of this process. It aims to explain the form in which deconstruction took place, which topics became key in the discussion, whether the old ones remained and were reinterpreted or new issues arose. Last, but not least, the question of transformation raises the question of continuity and discontinuity between interwar Latvia, Soviet Latvia, and re-established Latvia at the turn of the 1980s and 1990s, in terms of topics, personnel and structure. The paper will analyze how, in reaction to the crisis of Soviet historiography, Latvian historians were gradually opening discussions regarding various previously taboo historical topics and how they moved on from the critique of Stalinism and Neo-Stalinism within Gorbachev’s perestroika to the concept of national history in the European context and to the rejection of Soviet annexation of Latvia.


  • Slovanský přehled, redakce, Historický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i., Prosecká 76, 190 00 Praha 9, Czech Republic


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