By Susanna Rabow-Edling

ISBN-10: 0791466930

ISBN-13: 9780791466933

ISBN-10: 0791466949

ISBN-13: 9780791466940

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Susanna Rabow-Edling examines the 1st thought of the Russian country, formulated by way of the Slavophiles within the moment sector of the 19th century, and its courting to the West. utilizing cultural nationalism as a device for figuring out Slavophile considering, she argues Russian nationwide id was once no longer formed against Europe in an effort to separate Russia from the West. really, it originated as an try to counter the sensation of cultural backwardness between Russian intellectuals through making it attainable for Russian tradition to imagine a number one function within the common growth of humanity. This reinterpretation of Slavophile rules in regards to the Russian kingdom bargains a extra complicated photo of the function of Europe and the West in shaping a Russian nationwide id.

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The reason for this was that Russia borrowed ideas from the West with a certain time lag. 60 The main arguments concerning the impact of Romanticism deals with the originality of Slavophile thought. Some scholars try to trace Slavophile ideas back to their German origins in order to define them properly. Others stress the Russian, or Eastern uniqueness of their ideas. Christoff is one of the few scholars who argues for the patristic influence on Slavophilism. He claims that Kireevsky was attracted to the hesychastic tradition and that St.

This culture prevented bourgeois liberalism, the dominant ideology in mid-nineteenth-century Western Europe, to make any progress in Russia. Christoff claims that in Russia, a rural country with a weak, embryonic middle-class, the prerequisites for liberal arguments did not exist. 47 These authors assert that there is a dualism in Russian culture. They argue that in Western thought there is a three-fold-system with a neutral sphere in the middle, while in Russia there is only black and white. This dualism, or binary model, is manifested in the fact that in the Orthodox Church, there is no purgatory.

Asks us: Where is your literature? Which works can you be proud of before Europe? 1 The previous chapter discussed signs of a reaction against imitation that began to emerge in Russia at the end of the eighteenth century. However, in the second quarter of the nineteenth century, the practice of imitation became unacceptable and there was an outburst of criticism against the idolization of everything Western. The Slavophiles did not distinguish themselves from other articulate Russians in focusing on the problem of cultural imitation.

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