Russia’s “Contemporary Ideology”


The Academic Educational Association for Humanitarian Knowledge has approved the creation of textbooks on history and social studies based on the methodological handbooks by Alexander Fillipov “The Newest History of Russia. 1945-2006” and Leonid Polyakov “Social Studies: the Global World in the XXI Century”. This basically gives the go-ahead for a textbook to be written on this “newest history”.

The decision was taken by the Co-Chairs of the Association – member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Chubaryan and the Rector of Moscow State University Viktor Sadovnichy, as well as the Secretary for the Council under the President on Science, Technology and Education and the Acting Deputy Minister of Education and Science.

In Fillipov’s handbook for teachers, Stalin is called “one of the most successful leaders of the USSR”, and the Terror of 1937 is treated as a way to raising the country after crisis. The authors do however write of “extreme exploitation of the population” under Stalin.

The section of the book devoted to the last eight years has as its title the term coined by the Deputy Head of the President’s Administration Vladislav Surkov “Sovereign Democracy”.

The author of the handbook on social sciences Leonid Polyakov stated at a roundtable that the handbook presents “contemporary ideology” and teaches how “to develop in young people a civic and patriotic position”. The textbook based on the handbook will be used from 1 September 2008.

PL  Since a great deal has, understandably, been written in the international media about this new “approach” to Russia’s past and present, we haven’t devoted a lot of attention to it here.  It should be mentioned, however, that there are appalled noises from a number of people in Russia and at least one leading educational academic refused to have anything to do with writing such textbooks.


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