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Russian Nationalism and the Politics of Soviet Literature

The Case of Nash sovremennik, 1981–91

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Part of the Studies in Russia and East Europe book series (SREE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Simon Cosgrove
    Pages 1-20
  3. Simon Cosgrove
    Pages 21-40
  4. Simon Cosgrove
    Pages 75-90
  5. Simon Cosgrove
    Pages 138-147
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 148-253

About this book


Russian nationalism, increasingly important as the Russian Federation finds its place in the world, is not a new phenomenon. Who were the Russian nationalists before the creation of today's Russia? What were their views? What was their political influence? This book seeks answers to these questions by looking in detail at the last decade of the USSR through the eyes of a group of Russian nationalist intellectuals gathered around the literary journal Nash sovremennik . The author suggests that, in the Twenty-first-century, a specifically Russian type of nationalism, ethnic and statist, could provide the ideological underpinning for a new authoritarianism.


Mikhail Gorbachev Russia Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

About the authors

SIMON COSGROVE gained his PhD from the School of Slavonic & East European Studies, London, in 1997. Between 1999-2003 he was Team Leader for the European Initiative for Democracy & Human Rights, a grant-making programme of the European Commission for NGOs working to promote human rights, at the Delegation of the European Commission to Russia. He is currently human rights Programme Officer for the MacArthur Foundation's Initiative in the Russian Federation and post-Soviet states (Programme on Global Security and Sustainability).

Bibliographic information


'This book seems to me essential for anyone interested in Russia, dealing as it does with a dark strand in Russian life often ignored or glossed over - that mix of nationalism, religion and, often, anti-semitism - which we associate with Dostoevsky, Solzhenitsyn. Invaluable, for that matter, to anyone interested in politics. A solid, well-researched book, and a fascinating read.' - Doris Lessing

'Cosgrove's study is thoroughly researched and on a subject that has not been tackled in this way before...As the Soviet Union recedes into the past, it is particularly important that serious studies of its later development, such as this piece of living history, be published.' - Professor A. B. McMillin, School of Slavonic and East European Studies

'This is a meticulous, subtly calibrated and well-focused study which deepens our knowledge of the political crisis within the Soviet Union in the 1980s and early 1990s. It enables us better to understand both the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the ambiguous heritage with which the Russian Federation began its life.' - Professor Geoffrey Hosking, School of Slavonic and East European Studies

'This book provides a fascinating insight into the ideas and activities of members (many of them interviewed by the author) of a permitted Russian dissident nationalist pressure group during the last ten years of the USSR...Many of the views expressed by the 'heroes' of Simon Cosgrove's monograph have even greater relevance today, given the partial failure of the reckless 'post-Soviet experiment' and the growing authoritarian tendencies so evident in contemporary Russian society and political life.' - Martin Dewhirst,

University of Glasgow