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Post- Soviet Ulan- Ude: Content and Meaning of a New Urban Idea

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This article examines the processes by which contemporary Ulan- Ude’s new urban idea – the idea of a ‘city with an Asian soul’ – has been formed and reinforced, and the geo- cultural imagery which has shaped this idea. The author pays particular attention to images of Ulan- Ude which present the city as ‘the capital of the Buryat world’, ‘the Buddhist capital of Russia’, ‘Russia’s Eastern Gateway’ and finally ‘the capital of the Baikal region of Asia’.

Affiliations: 1: Institute for Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences


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