In this paper I analyze Russian nationalists' views of the Russian nation from the early nineteenth century to the present, how these views have changed in different time periods, and what events in Russian history have led to these changes. I argue that Russian nationalists are driven to articulate their ideas of Russian national identity primarily when they perceive that elements of Western civilization are being incorporated in Russian society, a process referred to as 'Westernization.' Russian nationalism is largely a reaction to Western influence, and is shaped by conceptions that Russians have of the West.


Corrigan, Yuri

Second Advisor

Goulding, Marc


Russian Studies; History

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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