Cover Osteuropa 1/2013

In Osteuropa 1/2013

In 1812 Everything Was Better
Using Memory to Displace Crisis in the Late Tsarist Empire

Igor’ Ermačenko

Deutsche Fassung


When the 100th anniversary of the Patriotic War of 1812 was marked, the military forces of the Russian Empire were shaken and the political power of the tsar weakened. The tsarist empire therefore turned to the glorious past. The official celebrations were to unite monarchy and society in the commemoration of the Patriotic War. Two years later, the politics of memory served wartime propaganda.

(Osteuropa 1/2013, pp. 119–126)