This thoughtful book describes the range of nationalist ideas that have taken root in Russia since 1856. Drawing on a wide range of archival documents and unparalleled interview material from the post-Soviet period, Tuminez analyzes two cases_Russian panslavism in 1856-1878 and great power nationalism in 1905-1914_when aggressive nationalist ideas clearly influenced Russian foreign policy and contributed to decisions to go to war. Yet not all forms of nationalism have been malevolent, and the author assesses competing nationalist ideologies in the post-Soviet period to clarify the conditions under which a particularly belligerent nationalism could flourish and influence Russian international behavior.
Astrid S. Tuminez is senior research associate with the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Chapter 1 A Looming Spectre? The Problem of Russian Nationalism Chapter 2 Nation-Building in Russia: Imperial State, Society, and the Nationalist Divide Chapter 3 Long Struggle, Short-lived Triumph: Panslavism, 1856-1878 Chapter 4 Toward the Last Gasp of a Dying Order: Great Power Nationalism, 1905-1914 Chapter 5 Recreating Russia: Soviet Demise, Humiliation, and the Rise of Nationalisms, 1989-1998 Chapter 6 The Weakness of Aggressive Nationalism: Russian Policy in the Near Abroad and in Former Yugoslavia Chapter 7 Through a Glass Darkly: Russia, the West, and the Future of Russian Nationalism