Wilson Center Experts

Andrew M. Nedd

Short-Term Grant
Kennan Institute

Russia and Eurasia
Professor, Savannah College of Art and Design
Wilson Center Project(s):
Defending Russia: Russian History and Pictoral Narratives of the ’Patriot War,’ 1812-1912
Mar 01, 2002
Mar 01, 2002

Project Summary

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 Napolean’s invasion and ended with his retreat, was inextricably linked to Russia’s 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.