Download PDF by Vera Tolz: Russia's Own Orient: The Politics of Identity and Oriental

By Vera Tolz

ISBN-10: 0199594449

ISBN-13: 9780199594443

Russia's personal Orient examines how intellectuals in early twentieth-century Russia provided a brand new and radical critique of the ways that Oriental cultures have been understood on the time. Out of the ferment of revolution and battle, a gaggle of students in St. Petersburg articulated clean rules in regards to the dating among energy and data, and approximately Europe and Asia as mere political and cultural constructs. Their principles expected the paintings of Edward stated and post-colonial scholarship via part a century. The similarities among the 2 teams have been, actually, genealogical. acknowledged used to be indebted, through Arab intellectuals of the Sixties who studied within the Soviet Union, to the revisionist principles of Russian Orientologists of the fin de siecle.

But why did this physique of Russian scholarship of the early 20th century develop into so cutting edge? should still we believe a well-liked declare of the Russian elites approximately their country's specific affinity with the 'Orient'? there's no unmarried solution to this query. The early 20th century was once a interval while in every single place Europe a fascination with issues 'Oriental' engendered the wondering of many nineteenth-century assumptions and prejudices. In that experience, the revisionism of Russian Orientologists was once a part of a pan-European pattern. And but, Tolz additionally argues set of political, social, and cultural elements, which have been particular to Russia, allowed its imperial students to interact in an strange discussion with representatives of the empire's non-European minorities. it truly is jointly that they have been in a position to articulate a strong long-lasting critique of contemporary imperialism and colonialism, and to form ethnic politics in Russia around the divide of the 1917 revolutions.

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