In the Name of the Nation
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This book deconstructs the equation of nationalism with the extreme right in Russia. Nationalism now extends throughout all ofthe countryand can not be seen as a phenomenon confined to the margins of society. This study rejects the interpretation that understands Kremlin-backed patriotism as simply part of a fascist trend in Russia and as a rapprochement between the political authorities and the extreme right. A simplistic analysis of such a paradoxical phenomenon addresses neither the basic issue of social consensus nor that of the inherent relationship between national identity and citizenship.
"With In the Name of the Nation, Marlene Laruelle has produced an important and engaging reinterpretation of nationalism's role in Putin's Russia. Drawing on an impressively broad range of sources, she warns against treating Russian nationalism as either the realm of radical extremism or the natural expression of any unique, civilizational Russian alienation from the West. In fact, she presents a strong case that Russian nationalism today is best understood as a reasonably successful Kremlin strategy to reconnect with and reunify Russian society after the tumultuous 1990s and to promote the 'triple goal' of modernization, normalization, and - as provocative as it might sound - westernization. At the same time, this is a nationalism that privileges the state over the individual, the officeholder over the citizen. Covering everything from film to skinhead attacks to high politics, this book will greatly interest anyone who wants to learn more about either Russia or the more general phenomenon of nationalism." - Henry E. Hale, The George Washington University
"The aim of the book, to produce a study of Russian nationalism which looks at the connections of the phenomenon with society as a whole and the state, and not only the extreme right, is praiseworthy. Dr Laruelle is seeking to do more than this, however. She is aiming to write a textbook about contemporary Russia, using Russian nationalism as a sort of prism through which to analyze contemporary Russia." - Dr. Peter Duncan, Senior Lecturer in Russian Politics and Society, University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies
Author M. Laruelle
Release Date 29.01.2010
Product type Paperback
Dimension 8.50 x 5.51 x 5.51 inches
Product Weight 12.03 ounces