‘The land begins in the Kremlin’

Olga Kucherenko

in Little Soldiers

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199585557
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725043 | DOI:
‘The land begins in the Kremlin’

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This chapter examines the ideological and spatial construction of the image of the Soviet Motherland in children's culture of the time. The cultivation of group identifications and loyalties among Soviet children went together with encouragement of xenophobia, supremacist attitudes, and the cult mentality. The eagerness of child-soldiers and their sense of purpose were to a great extent predetermined by the conviction about the superiority of the Soviet way of life, and the sanctity of the country's territorial and ideological integrity that was moreover directly linked to a child's personal survival.

Keywords: Motherland; leader cult; Russocentrism; nationalism; Soviet patriotism; anti-capitalist propaganda; child welfare; celebrations; enemies of the people

Chapter.  15909 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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