Vera Tolz

Vera Tolz
The University of Manchester · School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

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The 2018 Skripal poisonings prompted the heavy securitization of UK-Russian relations. Despite the ensuing tight coordination between the Russian government and state-aligned television, this article argues that in today’s mediatized environment – in which social and political activities fuse inextricably with their own mediation – even non-democra...
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Scholars predicted that official Russian commemorations of the centenary of the 1917 revolutions would prioritise ‘reconciliation and accord’ between pro- and anti-communists. Such a frame might help construct a new post-Soviet Russian identity. Yet, in 2017, state-affiliated political and media actors gave accounts that contrasted with their previ...
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On October 30th, 2017, President Vladimir Putin took the unusual step of personally unveiling a monument to victims of political repression in central Moscow. Whilst some commentators see this as a long-overdue recognition of Soviet-era state terror, others have dismissed it as a distraction from political repressions ongoing in Russia today. But...
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This article analyzes official discourse of the nation during Vladimir Putin’s third presidency, as reflected in Russian television coverage of Islam and migration. It argues that the replacement of earlier deliberately ambiguous definitions of Russian nationhood with clearly framed exclusive visions reflects the change in the regime’s legitimation...
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The article analyzes discourses and practices of historical monument preservation in Early Soviet Central Asia. Already at the turn of the twentieth century, Russian activists and scholars engaged in preservation work regarded Turkestan as the main archaeological treasury of the empire. In the sources they analyze the authors debunk a widely accept...
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Das Europa nach 1989 ist geprägt von neuen Mustern der kulturellen und ethnischen Exklusion sowie des Rechtsextremismus: Neue Konstellationen von (Alltags-)Rassismen sind die Folge der politischen und gesellschaftlichen Veränderungen der letzten 20 Jahre - etwa des Zerfalls der Sowjetunion und des Ostblocks, der Erweiterung der Europäischen Union u...
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Perceptions of the concepts of ethnicity, nation, and race in Russia have historically been shaped by two factors: the specificity of the imperial state framework and a dialogue that Russian intellectual and political elites have been conducting with their European counterparts. The concept of nation was borrowed from Western Europe in the eighteen...
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Russia, one of the most ethno-culturally diverse countries in the world, provides a rich case study on how globalisation and associated international trends are disrupting, and causing the radical rethinking of approaches to, inter-ethnic cohesion. The book highlights the importance of television broadcasting in shaping national discourse and the p...
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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...
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Since Peter the Great's reforms ‘the West’ (zapad) had become arguably the most important ingredient of modern Russian identity. Through debating Russia's relationship to this constructed category, the Russian elites pictured Russia as a nation and as an empire, identified paths for their country's modernising political, economic and social reforms...
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Scholars tend to view nations as a modern phenomenon, the consequence of the social organization of industrial society. Such a society cannot function unless its members are bound by a common culture, created by its political and intellectual elites and transmitted through a universal system of education. In Western Europe, where modern nations wer...
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There is a tendency among scholars to understand political developments in post-communist states within the framework of nation-state building. Thus, as far as Russia is concerned, the dominant approach among Western scholars as well as many Russians is to see the disintegration of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the emergence of...
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The second disintegration of the empire this century has reopened the debate over Russian state and nation building with direct implications both for Russia's reform process and for its relations with other newly independent states. In December 1991, the Russian Federation was transformed into an independent state as a historically formed regional...
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"Yeltsin justified launching the war against Chechnya by citing the need to preserve the integrity of the Russian Federation. But Moscow's mangled operations in the republic make the possibility of any voluntary Chechen union with Moscow extremely unlikely.".
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During World War 2 the Soviet Germans, ethnic groups from the North Caucasus, the Crimea, and Georgia, and also the Kalmyks, were deported from their homelands to Kazakhstan, Central Asia and Siberia, where they were subjected to harsh treatment under the so-called ‘special settlement’ regime.1 Despite their public rehabilitation after Stalin’s dea...
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Der Begriff „Glasnost“ (Offenheit) im Sinne einer Information der Öffentlichkeit über Regierungsaktivitäten wurde im 19. Jahrhundert Bestandteil des liberalen Denkens in Rußland. In einer Reihe politischer Essays versuchte der berühmte russische Dichter Fjodor I. Tjutschew Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts die russischen Zare davon zu überzeugen, daß sie...

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