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Title: Per una storia dell'idea eurasista. Uno sguardo da (sud-) ovest
Authors: Ferrari, Aldo
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: The Eurasian movement, founded at the beginning of twenties by some of the most representative Russian émigrés (N.S. Trubeckoj, D.P. Svjatopolk-Mirskij, L.P. Karsavin and so on), produced a deeply innovatory interpretation of Russia as an autonomous, neither European nor Asiatic, world. Eurasian ideas were met with much opposition both in Soviet Union and in émigré culture and, as the movement rapidly declined, its historical and cultural role has been underestimated for a long time. Anyway, since the last years of the Soviet period, mainly as a result of the impressive audience of neo-Eurasian Lev Gumilëv's works, Eurasianism gained an outstanding position in Russian cultural and political life. This huge renaissance of Eurasianism in post-Soviet Russia is generally seen with suspicion due to its anti-Western attitude, but it must be regarded as an interesting attempt to overcome the collapse of Communist ideology and Soviet Union. Roughly speaking, we can say that neo-Eurasians aim at giving post-Soviet Russia cultural and geopolitical criteria linked to the project of a new, polycentic, world system. Are they worng or right? I can't answer, of course, but I think that they put a major question; and not only to Russia.
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