1st Edition

Russian Nationalism Imaginaries, Doctrines, and Political Battlefields

By Marlene Laruelle Copyright 2019
    256 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book, by one of the foremost authorities on the subject, explores the complex nature of Russian nationalism. It examines nationalism as a multilayered and multifaceted repertoire displayed by a myriad of actors. It considers nationalism as various concepts and ideas emphasizing Russia’s distinctive national character, based on the country’s geography, history, Orthodoxy, and Soviet technological advances. It analyzes the ideologies of Russia’s ultra-nationalist and far-right groups, explores the use of nationalism in the conflict with Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, and discusses how Putin’s political opponents, including Alexei Navalny, make use of nationalism. Overall the book provides a rich analysis of a key force which is profoundly affecting political and societal developments both inside Russia and beyond.


    Part I: Nationalism as Imperial Imaginary: Cosmos, Geography, and Ancient Past

    Chapter 1. Cosmism: Russian Messianism at a Time of Technological Modernity

    Chapter 2. Larger, Higher, Farther North… Russia’s Geographical Metanarratives

    Chapter 3. Alternate History and New Chronology: Rewriting Russia’s Past

    Part II: Nationalism as Doctrine: Experimenting new Repertoires

    Chapter 4. Beyond Slavophilism: The Rise of Aryanism and Neo-Paganism

    Chapter 5. A Textbook Case of Doctrinal Entrepreneurship: Aleksandr Dugin

    Chapter 6. Pamiat 2.0? The Izborskii Club, or the New Conservative Avant-Garde

    Part III: Nationalism as Political Battlefield: In the Streets, for or against the Kremlin

    Chapter 7. Black Shirts and White Power: The Changing Faces of the Far Right

    Chapter 8. Aleksei Navalny and the Natsdem: A pro-Western Nationalism?

    Chapter 9. The Three Colors of Novorossiya, or the Mythmaking of the Ukrainian War


    Marlene Laruelle is a Research Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University, Washington DC.