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Russia and the idea of Europe: a study in identity and international relations

Neumann, Iver B. (1995) Russia and the idea of Europe: a study in identity and international relations. New international relations. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415113717

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The end of the Soviet system and the transition to the market in Russia, coupled with the inexorable rise of nationalism, has brought to the fore the centuries-old debate about Russia's relationship with Europe. In Russia and the Idea of Europe Iver Neumann discusses whether the tensions between self-referencing romantic nationalist views and Europe-orientated liberal views can ever be resolved. Drawing on a wide range of Russian sources, Neumann outlines the argument as it has unfolded over the last two hundred years, showing how Russia is caught between the attraction of an economically, politically and socially more developed Europe, and the attraction of being able to play a European -style inperial role in less-developed Asia. Neumann argues that the process of delineating a European "other" from the Russian self is an active form of Russian identity formation. The Russian debate about Europe is also a debate about what Rusia is and should be.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 1995 Routledge
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 09:24
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2021 00:05

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