Ideologically, the SPC is based on Slavophilism
supported by a host of historical images, including the mighty Kosovo myth.
Plokhy's focus on Ukraine is both generative--his descriptions of the ways that Ukrainian and Moscow-based Slavophilism
played off one other in the middle of the 19th century, his elaboration of the layers of ethnic and linguistic identities that developed in Ukrainian and Belarusian cities in the 20th century--but also creates some problems for his larger argument.
It directly emerged from centuries-old Slavophilism
, which presented Russia as a wholesome Slavic Orthodox country; and, in the context of this image, it is only Orthodoxy that is true Christianity.
A fascination with the Soviet past might also reflect the renewed upsurge of Slavophilism
, which encourages Russians to admire their national heroes and to savor the uniqueness of their experience, closing the gap between grim reality and a profound mysticism, quickly resurgent after the fall of Communism.
"Koshelev, Samarin, Cherkassky and the Fate of Liberal Slavophilism
." Slavic Review 21.2 (June 1962): 261-279.
(3) For a recent treatment of Russian Westernization (and its opposite, Slavophilism
), see Olga Malinova, "Creating Meanings and Traps: Competing Interpretations of the Idea of Nation in the Debates of Russian Slavophiles and Westernizers in the 1840s," European Review of History, 15 (2008), pp.
In his work, Afanasiev combined the insights of Slavophilism
, a movement in Russian religious thought of the nineteenth century, and of the so-called Russian religious renaissance of the beginning of the twentieth century.
Russia's more assertive international stance since 2004 has encouraged a militant Slavophilism
at home and the chunk of history that fosters that is the pre-Petrine age, a time when Russians were still distinctive, still bearded, robed, remote from casual European eyes.
Reimpreso en Vyacheslav Serbinenko, "Slavophilism
On the other hand, Rajko Zinzifov is obsessed by ideas about Slavophilism
and he is aspiring to the Bulgarian-Macedonian language variant, while Grigor Prlicev tried, on the grounds of the old Slavic language, to develop a "literary language that might be common for all the Slavs".
The Slavophiles and Soviet dissident Slavophiles were legitimate offspring of pre-revolutionary Slavophilism
, saw the Soviet regime as a radical departure form the wholesome Russian traditional society that had existed before 1917.