Resistance, Discourse and Nationalism in the March 1956 Events in Georgia

Blauvelt, Timothy (2015) Resistance, Discourse and Nationalism in the March 1956 Events in Georgia. In: Georgia after Stalin: Nationalism and Soviet Power. BASEES/Routledge Series of Russian and East European Studies . Routledge, London, pp. 116-128. ISBN 978-1-94523-4

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Although the events of March 1956 occurred three years after the death of Stalin, and were themselves very much a result of the changes just beginning to shake the foundations of the Soviet regime in the post-Stalin era, they nevertheless took place within the context of a society just emerging from the most restrictive years of Stalin’s reign, that was very much shaped by a quarter century of Stalinist transformation, and that was only now receiving signals about the changes to come. This article will explore the usefulness of the subjectivist approach in addressing some of the intriguing questions that these events provoke, and which thus far have only been partially answered in a satisfactory way, and also the implications of the Georgian case for further application of the approach in the Soviet periphery. Why, for example, did the Georgians, who suffered under the Stalin regime and whose independence Stalin had worked so hard to suppress, react so angrily and passionately to the policy of de-Stalinization? What did the protesters actually want and what did they expect to happen as a result? Why did they express their disobedience and dissent so strongly and so publically, despite the repressive nature of the regime? Did they do so despite fear and trepidation, and could they not foresee negative consequences? And finally, were these by and large protests against the regime itself, or rather against a particular policy line, and if the latter, can they still be qualified as resistance?

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
Divisions: Institutes > Institute for Modernity Studies
Depositing User: Dr. Timothy Blauvelt
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2016 07:47
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2016 07:47

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