The New Russian Nationalism: Imperialism, Ethnicity and Authoritarianism 2000–2015

The New Russian Nationalism: Imperialism, Ethnicity and Authoritarianism 2000–2015

By Pal Kolstø
Book Description

Assessing the transformation of Russian nationalist discourse in the 21st century Russian nationalism, previously dominated by ‘imperial’ tendencies – pride in a large, strong and multi-ethnic state able to project its influence abroad – is increasingly focused on ethnic issues. This new ethno-nationalism has come in various guises, like racism and xenophobia, but also in a new intellectual movement of ‘national democracy’ deliberately seeking to emulate conservative West European nationalism. Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the subsequent violent conflict in Eastern Ukraine utterly transformed the nationalist discourse in Russia. This book provides an up-to-date survey of Russian nationalism as a political, social and intellectual phenomenon by leading Western and Russian experts in the field of nationalism studies. It includes case studies on migrantophobia; the relationship between nationalism and religion; nationalism in the media; nationalism and national identity in economic policy; nationalism in the strategy of the Putin regime as well as a survey-based study of nationalism in public opinion.

Hardcover available from Edinburgh University Press. This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.

Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Figures
  • Tables
  • Acknowledgements
  • Contributors
  • Introduction: Russian Nationalism is Back - But Precisely What Does that Mean?
  • 1 The Ethnification of Russian Nationalism
  • 2 The Imperial Syndrome and its Influence on Russian Nationalism
  • 3 Radical nationalists from the start of Medvedev’s presidency to the war in Donbas - true till death?
  • 4 Russian Ethnic Nationalism and Religion Today
  • 5 Everyday Nationalism in Russia in European Context: Moscow Residents’ Perceptions of Ethnic Minority migrants and migration
  • 6 Backing the USSR 2.0: Russia’s Ethnic Minorities and Expansionist Ethnic Russian Nationalism
  • 7 Rallying ’round the leader more than the flag: changes in Russian nationalist public opinion 2013-14
  • 8 How nationalism and machine politics mix in Russia
  • 9 Blurring the boundary between civic and ethnic: the Kremlin’s new approach to national identity under Pution's third term
  • 10 Russia as an anti-liberal European civilisation
  • 11 Ethnicity and nationhood on Russian state-aligned television: contextualising geopolitical crisis
  • 12 The place of economics in Russian national identity debates
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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