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in line with vast examine and dozens of interviews with Putin’s shut advisers, this quietly explosive tale might be crucial analyzing for an individual enthusiastic about Russia’s previous century, and its future.
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Extra resources for Black Wind, White Snow: The Rise of Russia’s New Nationalism
Indeed, nationalism is arguably only 200 years old, and its inherent newness is hard to reconcile with the claim that the nationalists make to oldness. Ironically, nationalism’s success is due in large part to its being judged more basic, more fundamental, more instinctual and more genuine than competing modern philosophies, although it actually antedates most of them. The fact is that creativity, imagination and even outright dishonesty have never been far from the pens of all nationalists who aim to shed light on the ancient and immutable, but who are almost always aware of the arbitrary and paradoxical nature of their quest – that they are discovering or recovering something that was never there to begin with.
The arrival of advanced European social theories in their relatively backward country brought further slaughter and the largest human refugee crisis in history. Their pet theory was born out of a collective questioning of the very value of civilization and progress. Paradoxically, this group found hope in all the carnage, seeing in the Bolshevik revolution something uniquely Russian. ‘Russia in sin and godlessness, Russia in loathsomeness and filth. 8 It was, in fact, trauma disguised as serious scholarly work and symbolized the soul-searching of the 1920s.
He operated an ‘ideological centrifuge’ which ‘scattered all ideological discourses to the periphery’. 20 ‘You can believe those rumours if you want’: Putin's confessor, Father Tikhon, in 2014. 21 The Moscow apartment bombings, September 1999. 22 People sheltering during the Kiev sniper massacre, February 2014. 23 The ‘polite people’: unmarked Russian troops occupy Crimea, patrolling Simferopol International Airport, 2014. 24 A ‘Novorossiya’ military badge worn throughout the war in Donbass. INTRODUCTION Vladimir Putin’s annual address to the federal assembly, delivered every year in the glittering St George’s hall of the Kremlin, is a festival of crystal-chandeliered, live televised grandeur.