Edited by Marlene Laruelle


Series: Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series


Military action in South Ossetia, growing tensions with the United States and NATO, and Russia’s relationship with the European Union demonstrate how the issue of Russian nationalism is increasingly at the heart of the international political agenda.

This book considers a wide range of aspects of Russian nationalism, focussing on the Putin period. It discusses the development of Russian nationalism, including in the Soviet era, and examines how Russian nationalism grows out of - or is related to - ideology, culture, racism, religion and intellectual thinking, and demonstrates how Russian nationalism affects many aspects of Russian society, politics and foreign policy.


This book examines the different socio-political phenomena which are variously defined as ‘nationalism’, ‘patriotism’ and ‘xenophobia’. As Russia reasserts itself in the world, with Russian nationalism as one of the key driving forces in this process, an understanding of Russian nationalism is essential for understanding the dynamics of contemporary international relations.


About the Author

Marlène Laruelle is a Senior Research Fellow in the Central Asia and Caucasus Institute of the School for Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, USA. She has published widely, including most recently Russian Eurasianism: An Ideology of Empire.




Preface - John B. Dunlop


1. Introduction - Marlène Laruelle


Part I: Historical And Conceptual Issues In The Study Of Russian Nationalism


2. Rethinking Russian Nationalism: Historical Continuity, Political Diversity,

and Doctrinal Fragmentation - Marlène Laruelle


3. Stalinism And Russian Nationalism: A Reconceptualization - Veljko Vujacic


4. Concepts of Fascism in Contemporary Russia and The West - Andreas Umland


Part II. The “Far Right” And “New Right”: ideological recompositions


5. Future Prospects of Contemporary Russian Nationalism - Alexander Verkhovsky


6. The Eurasian Controversy: is Eurasianism “Patriotic?” - Wayne

Allensworth Part


III. Intellectual and Sociological Niches Of Contemporary Russian Nationalism


7. New Racism, the Clash of Civilizations, and Russia - Victor Shnirelman


8. Electoral Choice, Cultural Capital, and Xenophobic Attitudes in Russia

(1994-2006) - Anastassia Leonova


9. Fear has Wide Eyes: why do Russians see some migrant minorities as more

numerous than others? - Mikhail A. Alexseev Part


IV. Construction of an Official Patriotism: in search of a new ideology?


10. From Belgrade to Kiev: The hard-line nationalism and Russian foreign

policy - Andrei P. Tsygankov


11. A Religion for the Nation or a Nation for the Religion? Putin’s Third Way

for Russia - Beth Admiraal


12. Making the Public Patriotic: militarism and anti-militarism in Russia -

Valerie Sperling



Binding/Format: Hardback

ISBN: 978-0-415-48446-6

Imprint: Routledge

Pages: 304 pages

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