Mapping Imagined Geographies of Revolutionary Russia

PBC0073: welcoming violence

PBC 73 embraces the violent, so-called “Asian” or “Mongol” aspects of Russia and Russian character (W59, W303, W321). This aspect of Russia, Russia’s “Asian side,” is famously called a “Sphinx” (W114), violent, willful, enigmatic. On the map of Russia the Ural Mountains is the geographical figure of this divided character (W114). In one instance Russia is dismissed as an “Asiatic region,” suggesting Russians are ignorant and ill-educated (W189). Elsewhere, the European Russia, here called “Rus’,” gets “lost” as one moves east (W178).


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