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The end of the Russian idea

The end of the Russian idea DISCUSSION KEY WORDS: Russian idea, Russian Messianism, cosmism, Communism, Gorbachev, ideology. An educated reader who glances at the title of this article, a title which implies a notion about the uniqueness of Russia, might not read the article at all. This is for the simple reason that he or she might point out that the whole idea of Russia's uniqueness is far-fetched from the start. The reader might point out that discussion about Russia's distinctive position began only after the Bolshevik Revolution and particularly after World War II when Russia emerged as a super-power. In other words, up until the very end of the nineteenth century the Western general public and academics paid no attention to Russia, and in fact, Russia was often viewed as a provincial outskirt of the West. 1 Yet one can argue that Russia was unique, at least in comparison to other European countries, because of Russian Messianism, which stressed world domination and man's conquest of nature. In this paper I argue that Russian Messianism has been the backbone of Russian political thought throughout the country's entire modern history. This paper also demonstrates that Gorbachev's reforms were undertaken mostly to force Russia to maintain her http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in East European Thought Springer Journals

The end of the Russian idea

Studies in East European Thought , Volume 43 (3): 19 – May 1, 1992

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
1992 Kluwer Academic Publishers
ISSN
0925-9392
eISSN
1573-0948
DOI
10.1007/BF00818763
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Abstract

DISCUSSION KEY WORDS: Russian idea, Russian Messianism, cosmism, Communism, Gorbachev, ideology. An educated reader who glances at the title of this article, a title which implies a notion about the uniqueness of Russia, might not read the article at all. This is for the simple reason that he or she might point out that the whole idea of Russia's uniqueness is far-fetched from the start. The reader might point out that discussion about Russia's distinctive position began only after the Bolshevik Revolution and particularly after World War II when Russia emerged as a super-power. In other words, up until the very end of the nineteenth century the Western general public and academics paid no attention to Russia, and in fact, Russia was often viewed as a provincial outskirt of the West. 1 Yet one can argue that Russia was unique, at least in comparison to other European countries, because of Russian Messianism, which stressed world domination and man's conquest of nature. In this paper I argue that Russian Messianism has been the backbone of Russian political thought throughout the country's entire modern history. This paper also demonstrates that Gorbachev's reforms were undertaken mostly to force Russia to maintain her

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Studies in East European ThoughtSpringer Journals

Published: May 1, 1992

Keywords: Political Philosophy; History, general; Philosophy, general; Political Science

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