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Pride and Shame in Collective Memory of Russian and American Youths

The article examines collective attitudes of American and Russian students towards their

countries’ events they are either proud, or ashamed of. Basing on the quantitative questionnaire

and the in-depth interview with the students of leading Russian and American universities the

authors identify the major differences in these views: time localization, contents structure, either

hard or soft power prevailing. The research stresses that the perceptions of the past have been

one of the core components of national identity and may have an impact on citizens’ political

behaviour in the present. Thus sharp contradictions in assessments of today’s younger generation

and their understanding of the past might influence the relations between Russia and the USA in

the future.