Cover Osteuropa 8/2013

In Osteuropa 8/2013

Russia, Europe, and the Theorem of Backwardness
Manfred Hildermeier’s Geschichte Russlands

Frithjof Benjamin Schenk

Deutsche Fassung


With his new "Geschichte Russlands", Manfred Hildermeier has submitted another magnum opus. In this work, which is rich in detail, Hildermeier compares developments in Russia with those in Western Europe and follows the reception, appropriation, and transformation of West European historical achievements in Russia. However, herein lies the problem with this book: the thesis of Russia’s backwardness leads inevitably to the country’s history being told as a deviation from a European norm.

(Osteuropa 8/2013, pp. 35–44)