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Author Maiorova, Olga
Title From the Shadow of Empire : Defining the Russian Nation Through Cultural Mythology, 1855-1870
Imprint Wisconsin : University of Wisconsin Press, 2010
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Note Intro -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Note on Transliteration, Translation, and Dates -- Introduction: Cultural Myth and National Self-Perception in the Turbulent Reform Era -- 1. A Shifting Vision of the Nation: Constructs of Russianness in the Aftermath of the Crimean War -- 2. The Varangian Legend: Defining the Nation through the Foundation Myth -- 3. War as Peace: The Symbol of Popular War during the Polish Uprising (1863 -64) -- 4. Literary Representations of a Nation at War: From Apocalyptic Battle to Beehive -- 5. The Myth of Spiritual Descent: Remapping the Empire -- In Place of a Conclusion: The Legacyof Reform-Era Nationalism -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
As nationalism spread across nineteenth-century Europe, Russia's national identity remained murky: there was no clear distinction between the Russian nation and the expanding multiethnic empire that called itself "Russian." When Tsar Alexander II's Great Reforms (1855-1870s) allowed some freedom for public debate, Russian nationalist intellectuals embarked on a major project--which they undertook in daily press, popular historiography, and works of fiction--of finding the Russian nation within the empire and rendering the empire in nationalistic terms. From the Shadow of Empire traces how these nationalist writers refashioned key historical myths--the legend of the nation's spiritual birth, the tale of the founding of Russia, stories of Cossack independence--to portray the Russian people as the ruling nationality, whose character would define the empire. In an effort to press the government to alter its traditional imperial policies, writers from across the political spectrum made the cult of military victories into the dominant form of national myth-making: in the absence of popular political participation, wars allowed for the people's involvement in public affairs and conjured an image of unity between ruler and nation. With their increasing reliance on the war metaphor, Reform-era thinkers prepared the ground for the brutal Russification policies of the late nineteenth century and contributed to the aggressive character of twentieth-century Russian nationalism
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Maiorova, Olga From the Shadow of Empire : Defining the Russian Nation Through Cultural Mythology, 1855-1870 Wisconsin : University of Wisconsin Press,c2010 9780299235949
Subject Nationalism - Mythology - Russia - 19th century
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Alt Author Maiorova, O E
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