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Monuments for Posterity: Self-Commemoration and the Stalinist Culture of Time (Hardback)

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Monuments for Posterity challenges the common assumption that Stalinist monuments were constructed with an immediate, propagandistic function, arguing instead that these monuments were designed to memorialize the present for an imagined posterity. In this respect, even while pursuing its monument building program with a singular ruthlessness and on an unprecedented scale, the Stalinist regime was broadly in step with transnational monument building trends of the era and their undergirding cultural dynamics.

By integrating approaches from cultural history, art criticism, and memory studies, along with previously unexplored archival material, Antony Kalashnikov examines the origin and implementation of the Stalinist monument building program, from the perspective of its task of "immortalizing the memory" of the era. He analyzes how this objective affected the design and composition of Stalinist monuments, what cultural factors prompted the sudden and powerful yearning to be remembered and most importantly, what the culture of self-commemoration revealed about changing outlooks on the future-both in the Soviet Union and beyond its borders.

Monuments for Posterity shifts the perspective from monuments' political-ideological content to the popular striving to be remembered, and prompts a much-needed reconsideration of the supposed uniqueness of both Stalinist aesthetics and the (temporal) culture that they expressed. Many Stalinist monuments still stand prominently in the post-socialist cityscape and remain the subject of continual and heated political controversy. Kalashnikov makes manifest their intentional attempts to seduce us-the "posterity" for whom they were built.

Architecture & DesignArchitecturePublic buildings: civic, commercial, industrial, etcHistory & PoliticsPolitics & government Publisher: Cornell University Press Publication Date: 15/04/2023 ISBN-13: 9781501768637  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Antony Kalashnikov is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History, Classics, and Religion at the University of Alberta.

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