NIU Series in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Published by: Cornell University Press
300 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm
- ISBN: 9781501755361
- Published: May 2021
Paul Robinson's Russian Conservatism examines the history of Russian conservative thought from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present. As he shows, conservatism has made an underappreciated contribution to Russian national identity, to the ideology of Russian statehood, and to Russia's social-economic development. Robinson charts the contributions made by philosophers, politicians, and others during the Imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods. Looking at cultural, political, and social-economic conservatism in Russia, he discusses ideas and issues of more than historical interest. Indeed, what Russian Conservatism demonstrates is that such ideas are helpful in interpreting Russia's present as well as its past and will be influential in shaping Russia's future, for better or for worse, in the years to come.
For the past two centuries Russian conservatives have sought to adapt to the pressures of modernization and westernization and, more recently, globalization, while preserving national identity and political and social stability. Through Robinson's research we can now understand how Russian conservatives have continually proposed forms of cultural, political, and economic development seen as building on existing traditions, identity, forms of government, and economic and social life, rather than being imposed on the basis of abstract theory and foreign models.
"Professor Robinson writes fluidly and engagingly about his topic; Russian Conservatism is a magisterial work, and a must-read for students of Russia's past as well as those of her present, and certainly those eager to divine her future."~New Books Network
"Paul Robinson's engaging new book...traces the multivalent, paradoxical, and circuitous developments of Russian conservatism from this inceptionary moment to its articulations in present-day Russia by examining an array of responses to key events in modern Russian and European history."~The Russian Review
"Russia watchers tend to focus on Putin's authoritarianism and expansionist sphere-of-influence projects. But Robinson argues that Russian conservatism requires increased scholarly attention because it has become a salient aspect of post-communist Russia. Among this book's notable contributions are ideational cameos of little-known Russian conservative thinkers."~Choice
"Defining Russian conservatism is a bit like putting a jellyfish into a box, and Robinson offers an absolutely scrupulous dissection of its manifestations from 1800 to 2017. He concludes that Russian conservatism is about much more than the reactionary nationalism to which it is very often reduced; in fact, it comprises quite varied ideas about how to achieve managed, organic change and reform, while drawing on and preserving Russian culture and tradition."~Times Literary Supplement