Russian Intellectual Antisemitism in the Post-Communist Era by Vadim RossmanRussian Intellectual Antisemitism in the Post-Communist Era by Vadim Rossman

Russian Intellectual Antisemitism in the Post-Communist Era

byVadim RossmanForeword bySidney Monas

Paperback | May 9, 2013

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Antisemitism has had a long and complex history in Russian intellectual life and has revived in the post-Communist era. In their concept of the identity of the Jewish people, many academics and other thinkers in Russia continue to cast Jews in a negative or ambivalent role. An inherent rivalry exists between "Russia" and "the Jews" because Russians have often viewed themselves-whether through the lens of atheistic communism or that of the most conservative elements of the Orthodox Church-as a chosen people whose destiny is to lead the way to world salvation.

In this book, Vadim Rossman presents the foundations and present influence of intellectual antisemitism in Russia. He examines the antisemitic roots of some major trends in Russian intellectual thought that emerged in earlier decades of the twentieth century and are still significant in the post-Communist era: neo-Eurasianism, Eurasian historiography, National Bolshevism, neo-Slavophilism, National Orthodoxy, and various forms of racism. Such extreme right-wing ideology continues to appeal to a certain segment of the Russian population and seems unlikely to disappear soon. Rossman confronts and challenges a range of disturbing, sometimes contradictory, but often quite sophisticated antisemitic ideas posed by Russian sociologists, historians, philosophers, theologians, political analysts, anthropologists, and literary critics.

Vadim Rossman is an independent scholar who lives in Austin, Texas. Sidney Monas is a professor emeritus of Slavic languages and history at the University of Texas at Austin.
Title:Russian Intellectual Antisemitism in the Post-Communist EraFormat:PaperbackDimensions:319 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 9, 2013Publisher:UNP - Nebraska PaperbackLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803246943

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Table of Contents

Foreword  vii
Preface  x
Introduction  1
1. Neo-Eureasianism: Leviathan, Behemoth, and the Jews  23
2. Antisemitism in Eurasioan Historiography: The Case of Lev Gumilev  72
3. National Bolshevism: The Secret Nature of Capitalism and the Economic Reforms  101
4. Neo-Slavophiles: Trotsky, Rothschild, and the Soul of Russia  143
5. National Orthodoxy: "Two Millennia of Religious War"  195
6. Community of Blood: The Aryan Myth Modernized  256
7. Conclusion: The Invisible Hand and the Secret Hand  281
Bibliography  290
Index  301

Editorial Reviews

"If one wants to understand the deep crisis of Russian national self-identification, or the problems of self-identification inflicted on Russian Jews. . . . Rossman's book is essential and invigorating reading."—Sidney Monas
- Sidney Monas