Things Can Only Get Better? Changing Views of the Past, Present and Future in the Former Soviet Union

Rebecca Mckee, Erica Richardson, Bayard Roberts, Christian Haerpfer, Martin Mckee

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Abstract

Previous research has reported substantial levels of nostalgia for the Soviet era among citizens of some of the independent republics that emerged from its collapse. We report new analyses from eight former Soviet republics, and from two surveys, in 2001 and 2010, comparing attitudes to government in the Soviet period and at the time of the surveys, as well as expectations for the future. Everywhere, views of the past have become less positive and those of the present more positive. However, both the views in each survey and the change between each of them vary among countries and socio-demographic groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1466-1478
Number of pages13
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Volume65
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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