By Kåre Johan Mjør

Georgii Fedotovs Saints of historic Russia, Georgii Florovskiis The methods of Russian Theology, Nikolai Berdiaevs The Russian concept and Vasilii Zenkovskiis historical past of Russian Philosophythese are one of the so much famous and widely-read old reports of Russian suggestion and tradition. Having left their native land after the Bolshevik Revolution, those 4 authors aimed to offer their readers with a standard previous and hence with a standard id, and their ancient works emerged out of the necessity for reorientation in a post-revolutionary, ?©migr?© state of affairs. while, they have been to complex hugely contrasting types of the Russian previous. by way of in-depth narrative and contextual analyses, Reformulating Russia offers a close exam of the visions of Russia contained in those 4 works.

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I return to Eurasianism in Chapter Three. 35 In contrast to the political disputes, there was a widespread consensus among Russian émigrés on the importance of Russian culture as well as on what its main components should be. 37 Pushkin and Russian classical literature were likewise celebrated. 41 As suggested by Olga Demidova, Russian culture played the role of a Home in a tragic situation. Russian culture thus marked the virtual and spiritual “borders” of Russia Abroad, which otherwise lacked 35 Cf.

Weiss, 1999, p. 201. On the first-wave émigré press, see also Suomela, 2004. On the Changing Landmarks movement, see Hilde Hardeman, 1994, Coming to Terms with the Soviet Regime: The “Changing Signposts” Movement among Russian Émigrés in the Early 1920s, DeKalb, Ill. There are numerous scholarly accounts of Eurasianism, and the literature on the movement has been growing considerably in particular since the fall of the Soviet Union. Two classic studies are Otto Böss, 1961, Die Lehre der Eurasier: Ein Beitrag zur russischen Ideengeschichte des 20.

80 When we add to the picture a number of dictionaries published in the West and in particular in post-Soviet Russia,81 and not at least the fourvolume Russia Abroad: Chronicle on Scholarly, Cultural and Social 77 Cf. R. Demidova, 2003, Metamorfozy v izgnanii: Literaturnyi byt russkogo zarubezh’ia, St Petersburg; Leonid Livak, 2003, How it was Done in Paris: Russian Émigré Literature and French Modernism, Madison, Wisc. 78 Cf. P. E. Kovalevskii, 1971, Zarubezhnaia Rossiia: Istoriia i kul’turno-prosvetitel’naia rabota russkogo zarubezh’ia za polveka (1920–1970) (Collection études russes 3), Paris; 1973, Zarubezhnaia Rossiia: Dopolnitel’nyi vypusk (Collection études russes 5), Paris.

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