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Slavophile Thought and the Politics of Cultural Nationalism
Slavophile Thought and the Politics of Cultural Nationalism
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Susanna Rabow-Edling - Author
SUNY series in National Identities
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Hardcover - 192 pages
Release Date: July 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6693-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6693-3

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Release Date: June 2007
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Examines the origins of Russian nationalism and its relationship to the West.

Susanna Rabow-Edling examines the first theory of the Russian nation, formulated by the Slavophiles in the second quarter of the nineteenth century, and its relationship to the West. Using cultural nationalism as a tool for understanding Slavophile thinking, she argues that a Russian national identity was not shaped in opposition to Europe in order to separate Russia from the West. Rather, it originated as an attempt to counter the feeling of cultural backwardness among Russian intellectuals by making it possible for Russian culture to assume a leading role in the universal progress of humanity. This reinterpretation of Slavophile ideas about the Russian nation offers a more complex image of the role of Europe and the West in shaping a Russian national identity.

“Rabow-Edling’s book is a work of interpretation based on published sources. It does not attempt to be encyclopedic or exhaustive, but rather to offer a new reading of classic Slavophile texts … one of the main strengths of Rabow-Edling’s book lies in its ability to suggest intellectual affiliations between Slavophile ideals and those of other public nationalist thinkers, from Herderians to post-Hegelians … the utility of Rabow-Edling’s book will no doubt lie in its ability to articulate new avenues for intellectual-historical debate.” — Slavic Review

“…this book is a valuable contribution to the study of Slavophile thought and to the scholarly literature on Russian national identity.” — The Russian Review

“Rabow-Edling’s study is thoughtful and carefully reasoned, and its argument … is persuasive. Readers will find this book stimulating and rewarding if they want a solid intellectual history of Slavophile ‘cultural nationalism.’” — Canadian Slavonic Papers

“Rabow-Edling undertakes an important and needed task, namely the reexamination of the hoary Westernizer/Slavophile debate in light of current thinking about nationalism. The result is an absorbing, intelligent, succinct, and utterly persuasive description of the Slavophiles and their place in Russian and European ideas. She supplies evidence that Russian experience was fundamentally within the realm of European history—a controversial idea that makes the book exciting reading.” — Susan P. McCaffray, coeditor of Russia in the European Context, 1789–1914: A Member of the Family

“This is a very fine study. It makes excellent use of the idea of cultural nationalism to illuminate some of the most distinctive and paradoxical aspects of Russian Slavophilism, such as its simultaneous rejection of Western rationalism and celebration of enlightenment.” — Bernard Yack, author of The Longing for Total Revolution: Philosophic Sources of Social Discontent from Rousseau to Marx and Nietzsche

Susanna Rabow-Edling is Lecturer at the Department of East European Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden.


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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgment
Introduction

1. A Dual Crisis of Identity

2. The Problem of Imitation

3. Conceptions of the Nation

4. The Russian Enlightenment and the Westernizers

5. The Slavophile Notion of a Russian Enlightenment

6. Cultural Nationalism as a Project for Social Change

7. The Slavophile Project for Social Change

Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index



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