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Title: Cruise Ships and Prison Camps: Reflections from the Russian Far East on Museums and the Crafting of History 
Author: Bloch, Alexia
Date: 2001-10
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Bloch A. 2001. Cruise ships and prison camps: reflections from the Russian Far East on museums and the crafting of history. Pac Sci 55(4): 377-387.
Abstract: In formerly socialist societies the state has dominated sites like museums
viewed as critical for producing a national past, but in the case of the
Russian Federation these same institutions often are being utilized now to critically
examine the past. For many in the emerging market economy of the
Russian Federation, formerly state-dominated sites like museums have become
important economic resources as well as new sites for representing shifting
concepts of history. In this article I examine the museum as an artifact of
socialist and post socialist society and consider how distinct political economies
shape the ways in which cultural practices, as well as national and local histories,
are depicted.
ISSN: 0030-8870

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