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Geographical Metanarratives in Russia and the European East: Contemporary Pan-Slavism
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2012 (English)In: Eurasian geography and economics, ISSN 1538-7216, Vol. 53, no 5, 575-595 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A specialist on Russian geopolitical metanarratives investigates the re-emergence of Pan-Slavism in the ideological landscape of contemporary Russia. Arguing that it is a heterogeneous assemblage of both mutually antagonistic and complementary narratives about the unity of Slavic peoples, the author posits that Pan-Slavism's durability lies not in its conceptual coherence but rather its emotional appeal to disparate Slavic peoples in the former Soviet Union as well as Eastern and Southeastern Europe. After briefly tracing the history of Pan-Slavism from its 17th-century roots through World War I into the Soviet period, he explores the metanarrative's capacity to take modern Russia's geopolitical thinking in new directions, including the potential to replace Russians' center-periphery worldview with a that of a cosmopolitan network of kindred nations affording Russia greater access to the European community. Journal of Economic Literature, Classification Numbers: F020, F590, Z000. 152 references.

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2012. Vol. 53, no 5, 575-595 p.
Keyword [en]
Pan-Slavism, Russia, Serbia, Belarus, Ukraine, geopolitical metanarrative, Slavophilism, neo-Slavism, Slavia, Orthodox Church, Holy Russia, Russian World, anti-colonialism, Eurasianism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-190810DOI: 10.2747/1539-7216.53.5.575ISI: 000311807500003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-190810DiVA: diva2:584317
Available from: 2013-01-08 Created: 2013-01-08 Last updated: 2013-01-08Bibliographically approved

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