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Liberalism and nationalism in Russia: Boris Chicherin as a modernist nationalist
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2012 (English)In: Nations and Nationalism, ISSN 1354-5078, E-ISSN 1469-8129, Vol. 18, no 4, 701-718 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates the link between nationalism and liberalism in Russia by looking at the way the leading spokesman of early Russian liberalism, Boris Chicherin, combined liberal ideas with notions of nation-building and the idea of the nation as a modernising phenomenon. The article argues that the young Chicherin, at least in the formative years of the 1850s, had an instrumental approach to liberalism. Liberalism served a specific purpose to integrate the people and shape a community of active citizens so that Russia could modernise. Chicherin was concerned with the formation of a modern nation-state rather than the establishment of popular rule or political rights. In this sense, his thinking fits well into what, in the context of the Ottoman Empire, has been called modernist nationalism.

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2012. Vol. 18, no 4, 701-718 p.
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Boris Chicherin, civic nationalism, liberalism, modernisation, nation-building, Russia
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182745DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8129.2012.00548.xISI: 000308711400008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-182745DiVA: diva2:561606
Available from: 2012-10-19 Created: 2012-10-15 Last updated: 2012-10-19Bibliographically approved

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