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Russia on the EdgeImagined Geographies and Post-Soviet Identity$
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Edith W. Clowes

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448560

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448560.001.0001

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Postmodernist Empire Meets Holy Rus'

Postmodernist Empire Meets Holy Rus'

How Aleksandr Dugin Tried to Change the Eurasian Periphery into the Sacred Center of the World

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Russia on the Edge

Edith W. Clowes

Cornell University Press

This chapter begins a discussion of post-Soviet Russian identity and its self-definition through imagined geographies by introducing the neo-Eurasianist ideas espoused by Aleksandr Dugin. Stung by Russia's post-Soviet regression into the background of world events, Dugin has vociferously asserted outrageous ideas about Russian identity, using neo-imperial metaphors of Eurasian geography and territory. His chief concern is the revival of Russian identity based on an all-powerful Russian state and its reconstructed Eurasian empire. In addition, the chapter elaborates on Dugin's neo-Eurasianist movement, which was founded in 2001 on an idea of Russianness that combines a strange mix of Slavophile values, Eurasianist thought from the 1920s, neo-fascism, and, finally, a wildly different orientation toward what he calls postmodernism.

Keywords:   Aleksandr Dugin, neo-Eurasianism, post-Soviet Russian identity, neo-Eurasianist movement, postmodernism, imagined geographies

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