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Деревня близкая и далекая: образ села в советских и постсоветских учебниках по чтению для начальной школы

The article describes the image of the village, created in elementary school textbooks. The research is based on the comparative perspective: we analyzes the content of textbooks of Soviet (1974-80), and post-Soviet period (2004-05). The analysis revealed in textbooks of the post-Soviet period the dominance  of the rural environment under the urban one, of the rural labour in the village under all other types. In the post-Soviet textbooks the descriptions of village life and work of peasants are much less detailed and informative, than in Soviet textbooks. The presented portrait of the village is multicomponent (village is a breadwinner, a laborer, a source of vitality, "root system" of the citizen, the keeper of traditions), but the national romantic component is clearly dominated.