Содружество варварских королевств: независимые государства в поисках империи
The article by S. Kaspe is a provocative text built on the analogy of the current position of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the situation in the early medieval Europe of about V-DC centuries. The basis for such defiant analogy is the qualification of both situations as post-imperial. Using the method and terms of Edward Shils, S. Kaspe demonstrates that the deficit of value legitimation is the general problem of political organisms that find themselves in such situations, whereas the search for an external center that could engender it - a general objective. The author considers the "Western 194 "1ЮЛППН" Np 7 (48) 2008 ПРПЛОЖШ empire" as the only realistic and at the same time acceptable candidate for such role and believes that Russia's acquiring the status of one of its plenipotentiary sub-centers would be an optimistic scenario.