Slavophile Empire: Imperial Russia’s Illiberal Path

 
Slavophile Empire: Imperial Russia’s Illiberal Path by Laura Engelstein
Published: 
October, 2009
ISBN: 
978-0801475924
Publisher: 
Cornell University Press

Twentieth-century Russia, in all its political incarnations, lacked the basic features of the Western liberal model: the rule of law, civil society, and an uncensored public sphere. In Slavophile Empire, the leading historian Laura Engelstein pays particular attention to the Slavophiles and their heirs, whose aversion to the secular individualism of the West and embrace of an idealized version of the native past established a pattern of thinking that had an enduring impact on Russian political life.

Area of Interest: 
Political History
Slavery
Period: 
19th Century
Region: 
Russia and Eurasia