This volume is the first comprehensive study of the “conservative turn” in Russia under Putin. Its fifteen chapters, written by renowned specialists in the field, provide a focused examination of what Russian conservatism is and how it works. The book features in-depth discussions of the historical dimensions of conservatism, the contemporary international context, the theoretical conceptualization of conservatism, and empirical case studies. Among various issues covered by the volume are the geopolitical and religious dimensions of conservatism and the conservative perspective on Russian history and the politics of memory. The authors show that conservative ideology condenses and reworks a number of discussions about Russia’s identity and its place in the world.
Contributors include: Katharina Bluhm, Per-Arne Bodin, Alicja Curanović, Ekaterina Grishaeva, Caroline Hill, Irina Karlsohn, Marlene Laruelle, Mikhail N. Lukianov, Kåre Johan Mjør, Alexander Pavlov, Susanna Rabow-Edling, Andrey Shishkov, Victor Shnirelman, Mikhail Suslov, and Dmitry Uzlaner
Mikhail Suslov, PhD (2009, European University Institute), is Assistant Professor of Russian History and Politics at the Institute for Trans-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen. He has published and edited a variety of studies on Russian intellectual history, including “The ‘Russian World’ Concept: ‘Spheres of Influence’ in the Post-Soviet Geopolitical Ideology,” Geopolitics 23, no. 2 (2018).
Dmitry Uzlaner, Ph.D. (2009, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University), is a research fellow at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES) and at the University of Innsbruck (Austria). He is editor-in-chief of the journal
Gosudarstvo, religiia, tserkov v Rossii i za rubezhom published by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
Table of contents
Acknowledgments Notes on Contributors Part 1 Introduction 1 Dilemmas and Paradoxes of Contemporary Russian Conservatism: Introduction   Mikhail Suslov and Dmitry Uzlaner 2 A History of Russian Conservatism, from the 18th Century to the End of the 20th Century   Mikhail Loukianov, Kåre Johan Mjør, Susanna Rabow-Edling and Mikhail Suslov
Part 2 Conceptualizing Conservatism 3 Russian Conservatism as an Ideology: The Logic of Isolationism   Mikhail Suslov 4 The Logic of Scapegoating in Contemporary Russian Social Conservatism   Dmitry Uzlaner 5 Postmodernity and Modernity as Political Terms in Russia’s New Conservatism   Katharina Bluhm
Part 3 Russian Conservative Tradition in the Post-Soviet and International Context 6 The Great Expectations of Russian Young Conservatism   Alexander Pavlov 7 Mirror Games? Ideological Resonances between Russian and US Conservatism   Marlène Laruelle
Part 4 The Geopolitical Dimension 8 Russia’s Contemporary Exceptionalism and Geopolitical Conservatism   Alicja Curanović 9 “Making Europe Great Again”: Anti-Western Criticism from Orthodox Conservative Actors Online   Ekaterina Grishaeva 10 From Expansion to Seclusion and Back Again: Boris Mezhuev’s Isolationism and Its Roots in Solzhenitsyn and Tsymbursky   Irina Karlsohn
Part 5 History and Memory Narratives in Russian Conservatism 11 “Russia’s Thousand-Year History”: Claiming a Past in Contemporary Russian Conservative Thought   Kåre Johan Mjør 12 The Monument to Grand Prince Vladimir in Moscow and the Problem of Conservatism   Per-Arne Bodin
Part 6 Religion and Traditional Values 13 Eastern Orthodoxy, Conservatism, and (Neo)Palamite Tradition in Post-Soviet Russia   Andrey Shishkov 14 Russian Neoconservatism and Apocalyptic Imperialism   Victor Shnirelman 15 Framing “Gay Propaganda”: Morality Policy Arguments and the Russian Orthodox Church   Caroline Hill
The target audience of this volume consists of experts on Russia, scholars of intellectual history, religion and politics, as well as university students, studying contemporary Russia, and anyone interested in the ideological scaffoldings of Russia’s present regime. Keywords: conservatism, Putinism, conservative turn, moral values, ideology, Russian Orthodox Church, geopolitics, anti-Westernism, right-wing politicians