Cover Osteuropa 12/2009

In Osteuropa 12/2009

“Soviet Rus’” and Its Brothers
The Slavic Idea in Russia’s Long 20th Century

Jan C. Behrends

Deutsche Fassung


In the 20th century, the Slavic idea appeared in three variations: as Neo-Slavism in the late tsarist empire, as Pan-Slavic rhetoric in high Stalinism, and as splinter in the post-Soviet search for Russian identity. In each case, prop-agandists invoked the Pan-Slavism of the Tsarist empire. That shows the power of 19th-century national myths.

(Osteuropa 12/2009, pp. 95–114)