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From Rejection To Attempts At Reconciliation: Poles And The Interwar Eurasian Movement (Roman Bäcker)

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More surprising is the large interest in Polish journalists and outstanding Polish social scientists in a marginal area of Russian political thought termed “Eurasianism.” As for Eurasians, the Asian features of Russian culture are essential parts of a cultural identity of superethnos. For Polish intellectuals, it only means the decrease of danger and a clear indicator of differences between Polish and Russian nations. It is a feature that allows a reciprocal separation and is axiologically neutral. Surkov rightly notices that Poles didn’t idealize these features of Russia-Eurasia. It is interesting that while Eurasian publications show with friendly declarations toward the Polish nation, they appear infrequently. It seems that differences are entrenched to such a large degree that trying to explain these differences may not be sensible. The reasons for the interest of Polish interwar public opinion in the problem of Eurasianism were multiple.

Keywords: Eurasianism; interwar; Marian Uzdowski; Polish secret service; Polish social scientists; Russian political thought; superethnos; Surkov



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