His topics include Andrey Bely and the philosopher's nephew, the symbolist with two careers, symbolism's charlatan, Janko Lavrin as a pan-Slavist
across the spectrum, Blok and Strindberg's face, the early breakthrough of psychoanalysis in Russia, anthroposophy's decade in Russia, Freud's unknown Russian patient, and Boris Pasternak and Goethe.
Poles rejected pan-Slavist
concepts (Bakunin himself abandoned them after 1863), fearing their use by Russia (though Bakunin did not see Russia as having a special role in the Slavic alliance), whereas Bakunin feared the strength of Polish Catholicism and .
Addressing these questions, Christopher Ely and Sergei Zhuk each explore the activities of "new people" of the second half of the 19th century--revolutionaries, Pan-Slavist
activists, and evangelical sectarians.
The powerful Pan-Slavist
movement in Russia that sought Slavic hegemony throughout Eastern Europe and a return to Constantinople ('Tsargrad') was a force against which the Tsar had to struggle with care.
It became obligatory to call Solzhenitsyn a pan-Slavist
nationalist and "Slavophile" even though the author and his fictional hero in The Red Wheel, Colonel Georgi Vorotyntsev, are unremitting critics of what Solzhenitsyn has called the "messianic exclusiveness" to which the pan-Slavists
and even the great Dostoevsky were prone.
He examines the Croatian Romantic poet and pan-Slavist
, Ivan Mazuranic, who painstakingly composed the missing cantos in 1844.
Various groups are subjected to study and analysis, including fundamentalists, pan-Slavists
, neo-Eurasianists, Orthodox Communists and nationalists.