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When the Future Came: The Collapse of the USSR and the Emergence of National Memory in Post-Soviet History Textbooks
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This is a fascinating study of how textbooks from various post-Soviet contexts portray and interpret Perestroika--the foundational event for contemporary Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova. The authors skillfully address the panoply issues, central for understanding today's regimes in these countries as well as differences among them. The book homes in on the problems of social change and continuity, legitimacy and resistance, people's agency and conformism.--Michail Suslov, Assistant Professor of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen
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Dr. Li Bennich-Bjorkman is Johan Skytte Professor in Eloquence and Political Science at the University of Uppsala. A member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, she held visiting fellowships at the Swedish and Helsinki Collegiums for Advanced Study as well as University of California at Berkeley. Her previous books include, among others, Political Culture under Institutional Pressure (Palgrave Macmillan 2007) and Baltic Biographies at Historical Crossroads (Routledge 2012). Her papers have been published by, among other outlets, East European Politics and Societies, Nationalities Papers, Journal of Baltic Studies, East European Quarterly, East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies, Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, and Higher Education Quarterly. Dr. Sergiy Kurbatov is an Affiliated Researcher with the University of Uppsala, Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine in Kyiv, and Board Member of the Ukrainian Educational Research Association. Previously, he held visiting positions at Colorado State University and Brown University. His previous books include Istorychnyy chas yak determinanta tvorchoho protsesu (Informatsiiny systemy 2009) and Fenomen universytetu v konteksti chasovykh ta prostorovykh vyklykiv (Universytetska knyha 2014). His papers have been published by, among other outlets, Vyshcha osvita Ukrainy, Filosofiya osvity, International Review of Social Research, and Pedagogika Filozoficzna.