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Russian Eurasianism: An Ideology of Empire

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Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia has been marginalized at the edge of a Western-dominated political and economic system. In recent years, however, leading Russian figures, including former president Vladimir Putin, have begun to stress a geopolitics that puts Russia at the center of a number of axes: European-Asian, Christian-Muslim-Buddhist, Mediterranean ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Woodrow Wilson Center Press / Johns Hopkins University Press
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The term 'Eurasianism' has often been bandied about in Russian politics since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, but there has been little agreement on what the term even means, where it comes from, and who is the heir to that intellectual tradition. Laruelle's goal in this book is to describe a brief history of this political ideology in the 20th century, and the present scope of its influence.

The first chapters describe the intellectual precursors of modern Eurasianism, which were base
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Russian Eurasianism is often seen as an attempt to build a new Tsarist/Soviet empire. But it is more complex than that. Founded in the ashes of Tsarist thought, Russian Eurasianism became almost a utopian dream to obfuscate the failures of the Whites.

Laruelle follows the three main Russian Eurasianist. The first two are from the Soviet era - Gumilev and Panarin. The last is the modern alt-Right Aleksandr Dugin. Each of these theorists have slightly different takes on what Eurasianism is and its
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