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Sheiko / Brown

History as Therapy

Alternative History and Nationalist Imaginings in Russia

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Buch. Softcover


244 S.

In englischer Sprache

ibidem. ISBN 978-3-8382-0665-3

Format (B x L): 14,8 x 21 cm


This astonishing book explores the delusional imaginings of Russia`s past by the pseudo-scientific `Alternative History´ movement. Despite the chaotic collapse of two empires in the last century, Russia`s glorious imperial past continues to inspire millions. The lively movement of `Alternative History´, diligently re-writing Russia`s past and `rediscovering´ its hidden greatness, has been growing dramatically since the collapse of Communism in 1991. Virtually unknown in the West, these pseudo-historians have published best-selling books, attracted widespread media attention, and are a prominent voice in Internet discussions about Russian and world history.

Alternative History claims that Russia is much older than Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome; that the medieval Mongol Empire was in fact a Slav-Turk world empire; and that, in the twentieth century, duplicitous foreign powers stabbed Russia in the back and stole its empire. For its followers the key to Russia`s greatness in the future lies in ensuring that Russians understand the true wealth of their past. Alternative history has become a popular therapy for Russians still coming to terms with the reality of Post-Soviet life. It is one of the forces shaping a new Russian nationalism and an important factor in the geopolitics of the twenty-first century.

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