Russian Conservatism

Russian Conservatism : Managing Change under Permanent Revolution

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Russian conservatism is making a forceful return after a century of experimenting with socialism and liberalism. Conservatism is about managing change by ensuring that modernization evolves organically by building on the past. Conservatism has a natural attraction for Russia as its thousand-year long history is largely characterized by revolutionary change - the destructive process of uprooting the past to give way to modernity. Navigating towards gradual and organic modernization has been a key struggle ever since the Mongols invaded in the early 13th century and decoupled Russia from Europe and the arteries of international trade. Russian history has consisted of avoiding revolutions that are either caused by falling behind on modernization or making great leaps forward that disrupts socio-economic and political traditions. Russian conservatives are now tasked with harmonizing the conservative ideas of the 19th century with the revolutionary changes that shaped Russia in the 20th century. The rise of Asia now provides new opportunities as it enables Russia to overcome its fixation on the West and develop a unique Russian path towards modernization that harmonizes its Eurasian geography and history.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 254 pages
  • 160 x 227 x 24mm | 558g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1538149982
  • 9781538149980

Table of contents

Foreword, by Vladimir Yakunin


Theorising Russian Conservatism
The Eurasian Schism in Russian Conservatism
The Rose of Conservatism from the Early 19th Century
After the Crimean War: The Great Reforms and Revolutions
Reforming the Concept of a Conservative Political Economy
Conservatism Under Communism and the Advent of Eurasiansim
The Liberal Revolution of the 1990s
The Return of Russian Conservatism under Putin
The End of the Occidental Era and the Birth of Greater Eurasia
Russia as an International Conservative Power

Conclusion: Taming Russia's Revolutionary Impulses

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The author's detailed scientific work presents the historical evolution and role of Russian conservatism to explain the continued relevance of traditional Russian civilizational ideas. Deserving of special attention, the author concludes that contemporary conservatism intensifies competition between various civilization projects, which marks the return to Russia's pre-revolutionary interpretations of its metaphysical place and role in the world - as a possible saviour of Europe (the West) from the inevitable catastrophic consequences of the universalist model of economic, political and social development.--Leonid Makarov, General-Major (retired)
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About Glenn Diesen

Glenn Diesen is professor of world economy and international affairs at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
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