Russian Nationalism: Imaginaries, Doctrines, and Political Battlefields, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Russian Nationalism

Imaginaries, Doctrines, and Political Battlefields, 1st Edition

By Marlene Laruelle


248 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents


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

About the Author


Marlene Laruelle

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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

About the Series

BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies

This series is published on behalf of BASEES (the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies). The series comprises original, high-quality, research-level work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Russian, Soviet, post-Soviet and East European Studies in humanities and social science subjects.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies