Российский либерализм: итоги и перспективы изучения. Сборник материалов Международной научной конференции. 28-29 сентября 2018 г. Орел, Орловский государственный университет имени И.С. Тургенева
The chapter traces the history of evolution of Russian liberal thought in the span of the 19th century and explores how Russian liberals conceptualized the phenomenon of imperial diversity and related to the context of empire in thinking about potentialities of progressive Russian politics. The author explores the history of importation of blueprints of liberal universalism in Russian liberal thought and the development of the paradigm of national liberalism in reposnse to the challenges of the modern empire. The author argues that the idiom of national liberalism was not the only one. A different paradigm was in existence that may be called imperial liberalism. The chapter finds out how this alternative paradigm helped Russian liberals assume a significant place in public politics in the late imperial period, when the odds of mass politics were against classical liberalism. The chapter introduces the author’s finding of the transnational genealogy of Petr Struve’s program of “Greater Russia.”
The publication «Picturesque Russia. Our Fatherland in its Spatial, Historical, Ethnographic, Economic and Everyday Life Sense», issued in twelwe volumes in 1881–1901, contains a whealth of data about the Slavic peoples, primarily Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians and Poles. Most of the essays on different regions of the Russian Empire were prepared by the men of letters who were often concurrently novelists, journalists, literary critics, and scholars. This article analyses the background of the publication of «Picturesque Russia», its selection of authors, their literary reputations and political preferences as well as national, regional and professional identities.