Two civilizations: the relations of Russia and Western Europe at the beginning of the 21st century

Владимир Александрович Гуторов, А.А. Ширинянц, Андрей Шутов

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Abstract

The challenges of building relations between two different civilizations, which Samuel Hun¬tington and Lev Gumilev wrote about, are currently becoming more obvious due to the car¬dinal geopolitical and geoeconomic changes that have taken place since the demise the USSR and the world socialist system. Today, in the West, as if in contrast to the famous pro¬ject by Charles de Gaulle —“Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals”, an extremely negative image of Russia is being formed. Western ideologists stick to the axiom according to which des-potism and slavery, allegedly being the basis of Russia's internal order, inevitably give ri¬se to aggression in relations with the outside world. Of course, these ideas do not take into ac¬count the ongoing socio-economic changes in the country and have little to do with modern rea¬lities. They are a mere reproduction of the old Western xenophobic moods going back to the time when Russophobia was widely spread in a number of leading European countries. The article explores historical roots of Russophobia and their manifestations at the beginning of the XXI century in Poland and the Baltic countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-141
Number of pages10
JournalBaltic Region
Volume10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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