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The story of a euphemism: The khazars in russian nationalist literature

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The history of the Khazars is still obscure; their large state, which encompassed up to the half of Eastern Europe more than a thousand years ago, has completely disappeared leaving no precise legitimate heirs. Historical data on the Khazars are scarce and fragmentary permitting very different interpretations. The historic facts provide an appropriate pretext for arguing that Jewish intrigues and dominance were to be found from the very beginning of Russian history. In this context the term "Khazars" became popular as a euphemism for the so-called "Jewish occupation regime".This chapter discusses several different approaches to the Khazar issue developed by the Russian chauvinists based on their evaluation of the socio-political situation in general. It argues that one has to distinguish between Neo-Eurasianists, Russian Orthodox nationalists, Neo-pagans, open racists, and some other factions within contemporary Russian nationalism, all of them sharing anti-Semitic feelings.

Keywords: euphemism; Jewish; Khazars; neo-eurasianists; Neo-pagans; open racists; Russian chauvinists; Russian Orthodox nationalists; socio-political situation



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