"Бремя Империи и призвание России: к философии истории Г.П. Федотова"//Философские науки.2019. Том 62. № 4 С. 44-57.
The paper considers particular provisions of the philosophical and historical concept of George Fedotov; focuses on the analysis of imperial topic in works of George Fedotov, his ideas about the cultural history of the Russia and the essence of imperial project in Russia. The paper states with regard to political and cultural phenomenon of Empire the multiplicity of its interpretation take place in philosopher’s works. This reflects his evolution as a philosopher of history: the focus of his vision shifts from the Medieval Rus to the Empire of Peter the Great, then to the collapsed empire of Nicholas II and, finally USSR - treated by Fedotov as an empire. The concept of Empire evolves into a timeless cultural-philosophical phenomenon from a description of the centralization of power in feudal monarchy of Ivan Terrible in his views. The evolution of philosophical historical views of Fedotov indicated by the changes of his attitude to the historical concept of Klyuchevsky. In the 1940s Fedotov as a deep theoretician considers the empire as a universal idea. The author states the concept of empire proposed by Fedotov gives the understanding of causes the decline of the Russian Empire. The paper (among other) aimed at showing heuristic potential of cultural-philosophical ideas of George Fedotov about the mission of spiritual elite in the process of nation-building. It is shown that Fedotov linked the path to salvation Russia to the study of ancient Russian culture and development of its spiritual heritage.