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Constructing History: Putin’s historiographical nationalism

Written by: Anna Perkins “He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future”    George Orwell To outside observers, President Vladimir Putin’s presentation of Russia’s national history may seem oddly ambivalent. Both celebrating and minimising events of the Soviet past, the 2018 opening of the ‘Russia- my history’ exhibition […]

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Roosevelt’s ‘New Nationalism’: the evolution of a concept and how history dooms a word

Written by: Pauline Darrieus In summer 1910, Theodore Roosevelt delivers a speech in Kansas about what he calls ‘New Nationalism’, as part of his campaign for the 1912 presidential elections. There, he advocates for institutional reforms to preserve democracy and ensure the accurate representation of all the American people. This speech is set in the […]

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An ideology of desire: Orwell’s ‘Notes on nationalism’

Written by: Thomas Bouzereau and Pauline Darrieus ‘The very concept of objective truth is fading in the world… This prospect frightens me much more than bombs’, George Orwell says in Fascism and Democracy. In his ‘Notes on Nationalism’, published in 1945, Orwell develops the above thesis by studying the mechanisms of nationalism, which he defines, […]