Russia

Russia

by Vera Tolz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0340677058

ISBN-13: 9780340677056

Pub. Date: 03/31/2001

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

The question of national identity is central to the future of Russia. In this analysis, which spans three centuries of Russian cultural history, Vera Tolz places post-communist Russia in a broad historical background. She focuses on three ways of defining Russia and Russians: Russia as a counterpart to the West; Russians as creators of a unique multi-ethnic

Overview

The question of national identity is central to the future of Russia. In this analysis, which spans three centuries of Russian cultural history, Vera Tolz places post-communist Russia in a broad historical background. She focuses on three ways of defining Russia and Russians: Russia as a counterpart to the West; Russians as creators of a unique multi-ethnic community; and Russians as members of the community of Eastern Slavs. She demonstrates how these three perspectives have dominated the views of Russia in the modern era and traces their origins back to writers and historians in the eighteenth century. Combining a rich historical study with a rigorous analytical framework, the book is an essential tool for understanding contemporary Russia and its immediate future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780340677056
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
03/31/2001
Series:
Inventing the Nation Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsvi
General Editor's Prefacevii
Acknowledgementsix
Map 1The territory of the Moscow Principality in the early sixteenth centuryx
Map 2The Russian empire at its greatest extentxi
Introduction: Russian identity between empire and the West1
Part 1Laying the foundation
1The reign of Peter the Great: the beginning of modern Russia23
2Peter's legacy: the emergence of intellectual debate45
Part 2Russian identity and the 'other'
3Russia and the West69
4Russia and the East132
Part 3Defining Russian identity
5Imaginative geography: Russian empire as a Russian nation-state155
6Imaginative ethnography: who are the Russians?191
7Ukraine in the Russian national consciousness209
Part 4Russia and the Russians today
8National identity and nation-building after the USSR235
Conclusions: Russian tradition and the post-communist concept of nationhood270
Selected bibliography275
Index291

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