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Anti-Semitism In Eurasian Historiography: The Case Of Lev Gumilev (Vadim Rossman)

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Lev Gumilev (1912–1992) is a prominent representative of Eurasian historiography and one of the most popular Russian historians of the post- Soviet era. Gumilev’s conclusions about the relations between Eurasian ethnicities are hardly convincing. What strikes the reader is not the Jewish stereotype of behavior but the anti-Semitic stereotypes of Gumilev’s thinking, camouflaged in pseudo-scientific terminology and quasi-academic tone. The author juxtaposes and contrasts two different interpretations of the Jewish question enunciated by early and contemporary Eurasians. The examination of the real texts of classical and neo-Eurasians demonstrate a discontinuity in the attitude to this problem. The author examines the discussion of the “Jewish question” by four representatives of the Eurasian movement. In one of the sections we shall see that the Jews have their own allies, the maritime Atlanticist civilization and mondialism, the understanding of which can clarify the sources of the Eurasian animus against the Jews.

Keywords: Anti-semitism; Eurasian animus; Eurasian historiography; Jewish question; Lev Gumilev; maritime Atlanticist civilization; mondialism; Russian historians



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