By Charles Clover
in response to wide examine and dozens of interviews with Putin’s shut advisers, this quietly explosive tale can be crucial studying for an individual fascinated by Russia’s earlier century, and its future.
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And inside, sure enough, was a note thanking General Nikolay Klokotov, head of the department of strategy at the Academy of the General Staff, for his insightful analytical help with the project. The book was an exposition of right-wing theories of nationalism; fascistic theories from interwar Nazis, like geopolitics; plus a political movement I had never heard of, known as Eurasianism. This appeared to describe a plan to put the Soviet Union back together again, en route to creating a world-dominating empire.
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. Over 600 dignitaries fill the room in costumed finery: sleek designer suits, minority nationality headdresses, lacquered towers of hair, Chanel gowns, cassocks, turbans, shoulder boards, braids of all sorts, and absurdly tall peaked caps. Sitting awkwardly on small, white, hard-backed chairs, the assembled dignitaries know they are in for three hours of gruelling oratory.
While nationalists were repressed and defeated at every turn, nationalism emerged victorious. That nationalism is ubiquitous in modern societies is beyond question. But there is no rule as to how it manifests itself, no law to predict which of any number of competing nationalisms will settle in a given country. There are roughly 8,000 unique languages in the world, and roughly 200 countries. Add to this maybe an equal number of irredentist nationalist movements which have not yet achieved their dream of statehood, and it is clear that only a very few nations so conceived ever become political movements.