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Russia's Own Orient: The Politics of Identity and Oriental Studies in the Late Imperial and Early Soviet Periods

Vera Tolz

Abstract

This book is about how intellectuals in early twentieth-century Russia offered a new and radical critique of the ways in which Oriental cultures were understood at the time. It shows that out of the ferment of revolution and war a group of scholars in St Petersburg articulated fresh ideas about the relationship between power and knowledge and about Europe and Asia as mere political and cultural constructs, which anticipated the work of Edward Said and postcolonial scholarship by half a century. The similarities between the two groups were, in fact, genealogical. The book reveals that Said was ... More

Keywords: Oriental Studies, Orientalism, Russia, post-colonial studies, history of ideas, imperialism, colonialism, nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199594443
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594443.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vera Tolz, author
Sir William Mather Professor of Russian Studies, the University of Manchester
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