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Introduction

Mark Bassin

in The Gumilev Mystique: Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801445941
eISBN:
9781501703393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801445941.003.0001
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This introductory chapter sets out the book's main purpose, which is to try to make some sense of the mystique surrounding Lev Nikolaevich Gumilev. The motivation for this book came from two broad ... More


“The Patron of the Turkic Peoples”

Mark Bassin

in The Gumilev Mystique: Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801445941
eISBN:
9781501703393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801445941.003.0011
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter considers the development of Gumilev's influence in three Turkic regions: Kazakhstan, Tatarstan, and the Republic of Sakha. Since 1992, Gumilev's popularity among non-Russians has ... More


Neo-Eurasianism and the Russian Question

Mark Bassin

in The Gumilev Mystique: Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801445941
eISBN:
9781501703393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801445941.003.0009
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter considers Gumilev's importance for the late- and post-Soviet revival of Eurasianism. In the early 1980s, Gumilev's Eurasianist retelling of ancient Russian history was received for the ... More


Gumilev and the Russian Nationalists

Mark Bassin

in The Gumilev Mystique: Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801445941
eISBN:
9781501703393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801445941.003.0008
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter examines the emergence of a post-Stalinist movement of Russian nationalism, in which Gumilev occupied a significant if ambivalent position. For Russian nationalists, Gumilev represented ... More


The Nature of Ethnicity

Mark Bassin

in The Gumilev Mystique: Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801445941
eISBN:
9781501703393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801445941.003.0002
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter discusses Gumilev's ideas on the nature of ethnicity. The ethnic unit or ethnos (plural: ethnies) is conceived as one of the most fundamental and durable categories of human ... More


Ethnogenesis, Passionarnost′, and the Biosphere

Mark Bassin

in The Gumilev Mystique: Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801445941
eISBN:
9781501703393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801445941.003.0003
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter discusses Gumilev's theory of ethnogenesis. Generally speaking, ethnogenesis proceeded in the following manner. At certain historical moments, certain regions of the earth's surface were ... More


The Ethnogenetic Drama of Russian History

Mark Bassin

in The Gumilev Mystique: Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801445941
eISBN:
9781501703393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801445941.003.0005
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter discusses Gumilev's views on Russian history. Gumilev's work on ancient and medieval history is where he made the fullest attempt to illustrate the operations and implications of his ... More


Soviet Visions of Society and Nature

Mark Bassin

in The Gumilev Mystique: Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801445941
eISBN:
9781501703393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801445941.003.0006
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter considers Gumilev's position on post-Stalinist debates about the society-nature relationship. It argues that despite the iconoclastic ecological and holistic tone of his work, in ... More


The Gumilev Mystique: Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia

Mark Bassin

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801445941
eISBN:
9781501703393
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801445941.001.0001
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the legacy of Lev Nikolaevich Gumilev (1912–1992) has attracted extraordinary interest in Russia and beyond. The son of two of modern Russia's greatest poets, ... More


Biopolitics and the Ubiquity of Ethnicity

Mark Bassin

in The Gumilev Mystique: Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801445941
eISBN:
9781501703393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801445941.003.0010
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter examines Gumilev's influence on new biopolitical preoccupations with the factor of ethnicity. One indication of the influence of Gumilevian perspectives on the nature of ethnicity is the ... More


Ethnicity as Ideology and Politics

Mark Bassin

in The Gumilev Mystique: Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801445941
eISBN:
9781501703393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801445941.003.0007
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter examines discourses around “ethnos theory” and nationality policy. It first considers Stalinist doctrines that defined the nature of ethnicity as manifested within the individual ... More


Varieties of Ethnic Interaction

Mark Bassin

in The Gumilev Mystique: Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801445941
eISBN:
9781501703393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801445941.003.0004
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter discusses Gumilev's ideas about what he called “ethnic contacts,” in other words, the ways in which ethnies coexist and interact with one another. He described these patterns of ... More


The Political Significance of Gumilev

Mark Bassin

in The Gumilev Mystique: Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801445941
eISBN:
9781501703393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801445941.003.0012
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This concluding chapter discusses the continuing political significance of Gumilev's ideas. It argues that his work has an à la carte quality, which makes it possible for some concepts and theories ... More


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