Today’s Russian society is shaken by multiple controversies related to the interpretation of various historical events. The war of 1941–45 and the period 1917–20 attract even more attention, in a way, than current issues. This phenomenon varies on different geographic scales. The construction and the defence of the memory of the anti-Bolshevik government in Samara during the Russian Civil War, allied with the Czechoslovak Legions, casts light on this collective process of commemorating the past on a regional level. Our analysis underscores the fact that Russian society has not yet managed to build a post-Soviet commemorative language; events from a century ago are therefore interpreted through stereotypes forged by the Soviet view of the Second World War.
Manufacturing the Historical Narrative