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Russia's Own Orient: The Politics of Identity and Oriental Studies in the Late Imperial and Early Soviet Periods
by Vera Tolz
Russia's own Orient examines how intellectuals in early twentieth-century Russia offered a new and radical critique of the ways in which Oriental cultures were understood at the time. Out of the ferment of revolution and war, a group of scholars in St. Petersburg articulated fresh ideas about the relationship between power and knowledge, and about Europe and Asia as mere p ...more
Hardcover, 203 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published February 10th 2011)
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The book deals with Oriental Studies scholars in Russian from mid-19th century until 1930s. Tolz claims that these scholars found a particular way to deal with the problem of ethnic diversity within an empire - an idea that loyalty to a 'little homeland', that is a place where a person was born, can complement loyalty to a large homeland, which is too large and diverse for an emotional attachment. Therefore these scholars believed in encouraging the various ethnic identities. This did not necess ...more