This book is written based on vigorous and prolonged debates between the Slavophils and proponents of Russian Slavophilism's principal ideological rival, Westernism, in the mid-nineteenth century. It presents the analysis and evaluation of Iu. F. Samarin's dissertation.
Introduction Part One: The Making of a Slavophil 1. The 1820s: Family and Tutors 2. The 1830s: Moscow University 3. The Early 1840s: The Dissertation 4. Early 1840s: The Struggle with Hegelianism 5. Middle 1840s: In the Slavophil Camp 6. Middle 1840s: In Government Service 7. End of the 1840s: Reviews, Riga, and Prison 8. The 1850s: The Slavophils on Science, Technology, and Farming–Koshelev 9. The 1850s: Samarin's Studies and Emancipation of the Serfs Part Two: From Slavophil Orthodoxy to Reform 10. Spirit and Meaning of Orthodoxy 11. Rationalism, Materialism, and Slavophilism 12. National Spirit (Culture): Russia and the West 13. Memorandum (Zapiska) on the Emancipation of the Serfs 14. The Drive for Emancipation 15. Slavophil Collaborators and the Edict of 1861 16. Official Nationality 17. The Native Soil "Movement" and Pan-Slavism 18. Conclusion