History as Propaganda: “Russian History Receives a Makeover That Starts With Ivan the Terrible” – NYTimes.com

Museums in Russia are collaborators in sparking the flames of nationalism.

“Irina Y. Velikanova, a former Moscow City Council member appointed to run the museum last year, said the mission of any historical museum should be rooted in patriotism. ‘We don’t hide the fact that we are interested in forming the patriotic and civic position of Russian youth,’ she said. ‘Our goal is that when leaving our museum, all Russians would feel proud of their country.’”

Pride is one thing but history has shown that nationalism is more likely to incite hatred, intolerance, and violence. And unfortunately Russia is not the only country where nationalism is on the rise.

Russian History Receives a Makeover That Starts With Ivan the Terrible – NYTimes.com.

Ivan the Terrible

Ivan the Terrible