Russian Response: Archaeology, Russian Nationalism, and the “Arctic Homeland”

Victor A. Shnirelman

in Selective Remembrances

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780226450582
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226450643 | DOI:
Russian Response: Archaeology, Russian Nationalism, and the “Arctic Homeland”

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This chapter examines the works of those specialists who have contributed to the development of contemporary Russian nationalists' views of the most remote past in general and the Slavs' origins in particular. It comments on attempts to trace Russian identity to a mythic “Arctic Homeland” populated by Aryans and documents the rise of new cults in Russia, particularly the invention of new neo-pagan traditions and beliefs. This chapter also evaluates the role of archaeology in shaping Russian nationalism.

Keywords: Russian nationalism; Slavs; Russian identity; Arctic Homeland; Aryans; neo-pagan traditions; archaeology

Chapter.  16242 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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