History as geography: In search for Russian identity

Mihhail Lotman


This article addresses the notion of a Russian spacetime, in which the spatial parameters constitute one of the most important constant of history. This constant is not dependent on the governing ideology. What changes is the evaluative, that is, the most superficial, component; what is a matter of pride for some people, is a discredit to others. Yet nobody seems to contest the dominant of spatiality. In the article, a typology of this betweenness is offered; different Russian ideologists have used all options that are theoretically possible.


betweenness; binary models; history; Russian culture; Russian space; semiotics of culture; split reality

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12697/SSS.2017.45.3-4.04

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