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The Civilizational Turn in Russian Political Discourse: From Pan-Europeanism to Civilizational Distinctiveness
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.ORCID iD: 000-0002-8986-2461
2016 (English)In: Russian Review, ISSN 0036-0341, E-ISSN 1467-9434, Vol. 75, no 4, 604-625 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the emergence in official Russian political discourse of a conceptual framework centered on the notion of a plurality of coexisting civilizations, each distinguished by certain inherent cultural values. The article champions the view that the rise of this framework to the status of official foreign policy in 2008 can be seen as a crucial step in an increasing “symbolic sovereignization” of Russia driven forward by the Russian government. While Russia's own civilizational identity during the period in question was initially defined as European, the Russian government eventually offered a contending model based on the notion of a self-contained and unique Russian civilization. In the concluding remarks, it is suggested that this development represents a major conceptual turn, the wider political implications of which have become apparent during the still ongoing Ukrainian crisis.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2016. Vol. 75, no 4, 604-625 p.
Keyword [en]
Russian foreign policy, international relations, national identity, civilisational discourse
Keyword [sv]
Rysk utrikespolitik, nationell identitet, diskurs, civilisation
National Category
Sociology History
Research subject
History of Sciences and Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-303505DOI: 10.1111/russ.12105ISI: 000383861200005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-303505DiVA: diva2:972100
State Civilization: The Eurasian Union and the Making of a Russian Civilizational Identity
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-09-20 Created: 2016-09-20 Last updated: 2016-10-27Bibliographically approved

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