By Charles Clover

Charles Clover, award-winning journalist and previous Moscow bureau leader for the Financial Times, right here analyses the belief of "Eurasianism," a concept of Russian nationwide identification according to ethnicity and geography. Clover strains Eurasianism’s origins within the writings of White Russian exiles in Nineteen Twenties Europe, via Siberia’s Gulag archipelago within the Fifties, the dissolution of the Soviet Union within the early Nineteen Nineties, and as much as its regular infiltration of the governing elite round Vladimir Putin. This eye-opening research items jointly the facts for Eurasianism’s position on the center of Kremlin pondering this day and explores its influence on fresh occasions, the annexation of Crimea, the increase in Russia of anti-Western paranoia and imperialist rhetoric, in addition to Putin’s occasionally complicated political activities and ambitions.

in line with huge study and dozens of interviews with Putin’s shut advisers, this quietly explosive tale might be crucial examining for someone excited about Russia’s previous century, and its future.

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I am also very grateful for a long telephone conversation with Anatoly Liberman of the University of Minnesota, who helped me with the same. Robert C. Otto has been an immense resource to me on the modern period of Eurasianism and Russian politics in general. He kindly read my manuscript, made many helpful comments and corrected many errors. John Dunlop of the Hoover Institution provided a great deal of help with the history of the 1991 coup, Dugin and the modern infiltration of nationalism into Russian society.

I am equally grateful to Zoe Pagnamenta, who represents me in the US, who found me by reading a magazine piece I had written about Fallujah and showed impeccable judgement in signing me up. I’m incredibly grateful to both for their patience and great ideas. Robert Baldock of Yale University Press was patient and pushy in the appropriate measures, and thanks to him this project is where it is. Also thanks to Yale’s Rachael Lonsdale, Lauren Atherton and Bill Frucht, as well as to Clive Liddiard, who edited the manuscript and turned an incoherent jumble of gobbledygook into something resembling a book.

Why ideas which no one took seriously a decade ago are suddenly being enunciated from the tribune of Kremlin power. Even hopelessly abstruse ideas, ideas that have been soundly disproven, renounced by their creators as demagoguery, labelled ‘fairy tales’ in authoritative journals, censored (even for the right reasons) and proven to be forgeries can change the world. This is a case study of how an idea written on paper sacks in the midst of the Soviet gulag archipelago can one day be pronounced as a national idea by the modern-day heirs of the NKVD.

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