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11 Changing Perceptions of 1918: World War II and Post-War Rise of the Left

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This chapter focuses on the widely popular layman's view, the conciliatory gestures and memory politics and practices, which began before the Winter War. Second, World War II had a profound effect on the collective memories of the Civil War. Namely, World War II replaced the "flawed" birth myth of the nation with a viable one, and this downplayed the narrative frictions between the Reds and the Whites. Obviously, this is not to deny the fact that during the Cold War the influence of the Soviet Union limited the expression of Civil War remembrances. The Soviet presence strengthened the turn of focus of remembrance of class conflict away from Russian or Bolshevik involvement to the conflict propagated in the interwar period. The coalition of the Agrarian League and the social democrats together with other centrist parties formed in March 1937 and governed until the beginning of World War II.

Keywords: interwar period; politics; Soviet Union; Whites; World War II



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