Nation-Building and Nationalism in Karamzin's "History of the Russian State"

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This essay analyses Karamzin's contribution, through his History of the Russian State, to the formation of national identity and to the development of nationalism in early nineteenth-century Russia. It explores Karamzin's argument that the development of a unified state gave Russia an equal claim to membership in Europe's family of nations, and thus underlines the way that, for Karamzin, Russia's national identity was subsumed in imperial expansion. Karamzin was first and foremost a political nationalist. Yet the essay also explores the humane, cosmopolitan elements of Karamzin's thinking - elements that were in some tension with his statism and which pointed towards a cultural nationalism more complex than his statism.
Translated title of the contributionNation-Building and Nationalism in Karamzin's "History of the Russian State"
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-50
Number of pages50
JournalJournal of Modern Russian History and Historiography
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Bibliographical note

Publisher: Brill


  • Karamzin, Russian nationalism, Russian nation-building, autocracy, Ivan III of Russia, Ivan the Terrible, Andrei Kurbskii, Sentimentalism, Russian conservatism, political nationalism, cultural nationalism


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