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Russian Realism
Defending 'Derzhava' in International Relations

ISBN 9781032162300
Published March 18, 2022 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

Russian Realism analyzes Russian contemporary geopolitical thinking, or realism, and explores the notion of Derzhava as the foundation of Russian realism.

The author defines Russian realists as all those favoring actions by the Russian state in defense of its interests, including protection of national sovereignty, security, power, and prestige on the international scene. What makes Russian realism distinct is its "vision of Russianness" formed by the country’s historical, cultural/religious experience, and its semi-peripheral position in the international system. The vision stresses the importance of survival, preservation of strong state, and protection of national interests from external infringement.

Mainstream literature, especially in the West, tends to ignore Russian theoretical debates and narratives; this book remedies this by providing significant insights into Russian realist thinking. It explores the historical unfolding of the longstanding national debates about Russia’s role in Europe/the West and how realists have reframed these debates in response to multiple international and domestic developments. The book also identifies distinct groups and debates within the broad school of Russian realism.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Russian foreign policy, IR theory, diplomatic studies, political science, and European history. It will also appeal to a broader general audience of those interested in Russia and international politics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. State Power in International Relations

3. Derzhava: Foundations of Russian Power

4. Global Balancers

5. Realist Westernizers

6. Eurasian Regionalists

7. Russian Realists and Contemporary Global Transition

8. Domestic Critics

9. Conclusion

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Andrei P. Tsygankov is Professor of International Relations and Political Science at San Francisco State University, USA. Recent titles include Russia and America: The Asymmetric Rivalry (2019) and The Dark Double: US Media, Russia, and the Politics of Values (2019).