Between Europe and Asia : The Origins, Theories, and by Mark Bassin, Sergey Glebov, Marlene Laruelle

By Mark Bassin, Sergey Glebov, Marlene Laruelle

"Between Europe and Asia" analyzes the origins and improvement of Eurasianism, an highbrow circulation that proclaimed the life of Eurasia, a separate civilization coinciding with the previous Russian Empire. The essays within the quantity discover the ancient roots, the heyday of the circulation within the Nineteen Twenties, and the afterlife of the circulation within the Soviet and post-Soviet classes. the 1st examine to supply a multifaceted account of Eurasianism within the 20th century and to the touch at the movement's highbrow entanglements with historical past, politics, literature, or geography, this ebook additionally explores Eurasianism's affects past Russia.
The Eurasianists mixed their look for a primordial essence of Russian tradition with the radicalism of Europe's interwar interval. In response to the devastation and dislocation of the wars and revolutions, they celebrated the Orthodox Church and the Asian connections of Russian tradition, whereas rejecting Western individualism and democracy. The circulate sought to articulate a non-European, non-Western modernity and to underscore Russia's position within the colonial global. because the authors reveal, Eurasianism was once equivalent to many fascist routine in interwar Europe and has now develop into one of many resources of the rhetoric of nationalist mobilization in Vladimir Putin's Russia.

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In the first two decades of the twentieth century, Orientologists of the Rozen school revealed the constructed nature of these categories, rejected the existence of a boundary between Europe and Asia, and exposed the East–West dichotomy as a figment of European popular imagination. In this area, Bartol’d played a particularly important role. In the aftermath of Russia’s defeat in the war with Japan, which had a major influence on how Russia’s educated public perceived “the East,” Bartol’d began teaching a course at St.

1 Although they acknowledge that the Eurasians built their theories on the ideas of certain Russian and European thinkers, contemporary scholars tend to emphasize the novelty and, in many ways, unprecedented nature of the ideology of the Eurasian movement for the Russian intellectual tradition. 2 Challenging this dominant perception, this chapter will question the degree of originality of the Eurasian ideology and the extent of its departure from the Russian and pan-European intellectual currents of the late nineteenth century and the fin de siècle.

59 Most contemporary postcolonial scholars in the West do not know about Trubetskoi’s work and they tend to credit scholars such as the U. S. ”61 Intellectual developments in early twentieth-century Russia further confirm Marchand’s observation. 62 This is, however, far from being the case. 63 Accordingly, the Eurasians’ interest in the relationship between European culture and colonialism should be placed in the wider Russian and pan-European context of the turn of the twentieth century. 64 The difference between imperial scholars of the past, on the one hand, and the Eurasians and contemporary postcolonial critics, on the other, lies, therefore, not in the identification of the connection between culture and power, but in the moral evaluation of this connection.

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