In the Name of the Nation: Nationalism and Politics in Contemporary Russia

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Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 15, 2009 - Political Science - 254 pages

This book deconstructs the equation of nationalism with the extreme right in Russia. Nationalism now extends throughout all of the country and 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.

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Marlene Laruelle is a Senior Research Fellow at the Central Asia and Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins University. Her main areas of expertise are Nationalism, national identities, political philosophy, intellectual trends and geopolitical conceptions of the elites in Russia and Central Asia. She is the author of Russian Eurasianism. An Ideology of Empire (Woodrow Wilson Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008) and the editor of Russian Nationalism and the National Reassertion of Russia (Routledge, 2009).