Geopolitical Imagination

Ideology and Utopia in Post-Soviet Russia

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Geopolitical Imagination
Ideology and Utopia in Post-Soviet Russia

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About the book


In his timely book, Mikhail Suslov discusses contemporary Russian geopolitical culture and argues that a better knowledge of geopolitical concepts and fantasies is instrumental for understanding Russia’s policies. Specifically, he analyzes such concepts as “Eurasianism,” “Holy Russia,” “Russian civilization,” “Russia as a continent,” “Novorossia,” and others. He demonstrates that these concepts reached unprecedented ascendance in the Russian public debates, tending to overshadow other political and domestic discussions. Suslov argues that the geopolitical imagination, structured by these concepts, defines the identity of post-Soviet Russia, while this complex of geopolitical representations engages, at the same time, with the broader, international criticism of the Western liberal world order and aligns itself with the conservative defense of cultural authenticity across the globe. Geopolitical ideologies and utopias discussed in the book give the post-Soviet political mainstream the intellectual instruments to think about Russia’s exclusion—imaginary or otherwise—from the processes of a global world which is re-shaping itself after the end of the Cold War; they provide tools to construct the self-perception of Russia as a sovereign great-power, a self-sufficient civilization, and as one of the poles in a multipolar world; and they help to establish the Messianic vision of Russia as the beacon of order, tradition, and morality in a sea of chaos and corruption.
The author

About the author

Mikhail Suslov, Cand. Sc., Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Russian History and Politics at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. His academic interests include Russian intellectual history, right-wing and conservative ideologies, religious political concepts, utopianism and political science fiction, geopolitical fantasies and concepts. His recent publications are two co-edited volumes: The Post-Soviet Politics of Utopia: Language, Fiction and Fantasy in Modern Russia (I. B. Tauris 2019), and Contemporary Russian Conservatism: Problems, Paradoxes, and Perspectives (Brill 2019).


"Mikhail Suslov's book is a must-read for all those curious to capture the complexity of the notion of 'conservatism' in today's Russia. Delving into past conservative doctrines and the diversity of actors branding conservatism today, the book allows us to move away from a simplistic, Kremlin-centric vision and to get a comprehensive interpretation of the broader phenomenon."—Marlene Laruelle, Research Professor of International Affairs, George Washington University
Additional Information

Additional Information

Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author Mikhail Suslov, Mark Bassin
Editor Andreas Umland
Number of pages 302
Language English
Publication date Nov 2, 2020
Weight (kg) 0.3950
ISBN-13 9783838213613