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.

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part I|2 pages

Nationalism as imperial imaginary

chapter 1|18 pages


Russian messianism at a time of technological modernity 1
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chapter 2|18 pages

Larger, higher, farther north …

Russia’s geographical metanarratives 1
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chapter 3|16 pages

Alternate history and New Chronology

Rewriting Russia’s past 1
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part II|2 pages

Nationalism as doctrine

chapter 4|22 pages

Beyond Slavophilism

The rise of Aryanism and neo-paganism 1
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chapter 5|39 pages

A textbook case of doctrinal entrepreneurship

Aleksandr Dugin
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chapter 6|19 pages

Pamiat 2.0?

The Izborskii Club, or the new conservative avant-garde 1
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part III|2 pages

Nationalism as political battlefield

chapter 7|19 pages

Black shirts, White Power

The changing faces of the far right
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chapter 8|21 pages

Aleksei Navalny and the Natsdem

A pro-Western nationalism? 1
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