Российская историография Второй мировой войны после крушения коммунистического режима: традиции и ревизия
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RUSSIAN HISTORIOGRAPHY OF WORLD WAR II AFTER THE FALL OF THE COMMUNIST REGIME: TRADITION AND REVISION
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The fundamental changes taking place in Russian historiography after the fall of the Communist regime are dealt with and analyzed. The authoress concentrates primarily on highly delicate issues, namely the outbreak and the events during the first years of World War II. Although the Russian archives have been made available to the public and a number of document editions and new publications have appeared, this topic continues to be a hot problem of modern Russian history. Attention was mostly paid to the period of 1939-1941 and to the circumstances of the attack on the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany. Therefore, this period and its events continue attracting the attention of Russian historians, while the gap in the debate between the two main streams existing in today's Russian historiography, the 'Conservatives' and the 'Liberals', is deepening. Traditionally, most attention is paid to military operations, while some hot topics have not been adequately studied yet, such as the situation in the rear of the Soviet side, repressive measures against Soviet citizens, expulsion of whole ethnic groups to harsh regions in Siberia, logistic problems with supplies for the Soviet Army, causes of failure of a number of military operations, etc. Thus, the Russian historiography of modern history still faces many complex tasks to cope with in a responsible way.
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