Arctic Mirrors: Russia and the Small Peoples of the North by Yuri Slezkine

By Yuri Slezkine

For over years the Russians puzzled what sort of humans their Arctic and sub-Arctic matters have been. "They have mouths among their shoulders and eyes of their chests," said a fifteenth-century story. "They rove round, stay in their personal loose will, and beat the Russian people," complained a seventeenth-century Cossack. "Their activities are incredibly impolite. they don't take off their hats and don't bow to every other," huffed an eighteenth-century student. they're "children of nature" and "guardians of ecological balance," rhapsodized early nineteenth-century and past due twentieth-century romantics. Even the Bolsheviks, who labeled the circumpolar foragers as "authentic proletarians," have been again and again questioned by way of the "peoples from the overdue Neolithic interval who, by way of advantage in their severe backwardness, can't sustain both economically or culturally with the livid velocity of the rising socialist society."

Whether defined as brutes, extraterrestrial beings, or endangered indigenous populations, the so-called small peoples of the north have always remained some degree of distinction for speculations on Russian id and a handy trying out flooring for rules and photographs that grew out of those speculations. In Arctic Mirrors, a vividly rendered heritage of circumpolar peoples within the Russian empire and the Russian brain, Yuri Slezkine deals the 1st in-depth interpretation of this courting. No different booklet in any language hyperlinks the historical past of a colonized non-Russian humans to the whole sweep of Russian highbrow and cultural historical past. improving his account with classic prints and images, Slezkine reenacts the procession of Russian fur investors, missionaries, tsarist bureaucrats, radical intellectuals, expert ethnographers, and commissars who struggled to reform and conceptualize this so much "alien" in their topic populations.

Slezkine reconstructs from an enormous diversity of assets the successive professional rules and winning attitudes towards the northern peoples, interweaving the resonant narratives of Russian and indigenous contemporaries with the extravagant photos of renowned Russian fiction. As he examines the various ironies and ambivalences eager about successive Russian makes an attempt to beat northern—and for that reason their own—otherness, Slezkine explores the broader problems with ethnic identification, cultural swap, nationalist rhetoric, and not-so eu colonialism.

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