Russia's Own Orient: The Politics of Identity and Oriental Studies in the Late Imperial and Early Soviet Periods
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Russia's Own Orient: The Politics of Identity and Oriental Studies in the Late Imperial and Early Soviet Periods

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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 8th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published February 10th 2011)
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Inna
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
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