Wilson Center Experts
Andrew M. Nedd
Examines the intersection of national identity and culture in Russian artistic representations of the Patriot War of 1812. Argues that the historical narrative, which began with Napoleans invasion and ended with his retreat, was inextricably linked to Russias search for national identity and helped to form competing definitions of Russianess. Extolled values that were perceived as inherently Russian: courage, resourcefulness and community. Examines the contradictory nature of Russian national identity.