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date: 14 December 2019

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While metropolitan cultural and political elites in the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution regarded Voronezh and dozens of provinces like it as backwaters in need of enlightenment, the local perspective (on which this chapter focuses) was different. Despite the problems of pre-revolutionary Russia, educated society in Voronezh considered the province a model of the best the former Empire had to offer: an advancing economy, an accomplished cultural world and a distinctive local identity. In their eyes, the province was not backward, dull or dark, but the soul of what it meant to be Russian at the start of the new revolutionary era.

Keywords: provincial identity, national identity, Great Reforms, provincial markets, provincial politics, journalism, public sphere, religion, canonization, spectacle

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