Sombre Age (Post-Communism as a “Black Hole” of Russian History)

Sombre Age (Post-Communism as a “Black Hole” of Russian History)

Pastukhov V.B.,

Dr. Sci. (Pol. Sci.), Prof., St. Antony’s College, Oxford,

DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2007.03.03

For citation:

Pastukhov V.B. Sombre Age (Post-Communism as a “Black Hole” of Russian History) . – Polis. Political Studies. 2007. No. 3. P. 24-38. (In Russ.).


It is in the context of ideas of “new Middle Ages” that the author is carrying out his analysis of post-Communist transformations of Russian society. He reads into the “Middle Ages” notion – following J.Jacobs – first of all, a philosophical and culturological meaning of a universal historical buffer separating the dying-away of one civilization from the generation of another – at the same place. The author analyses the processes of “evolution of the chaos” of the post-Communist period, the opportunities and dangers Russia faces today and is yet about to face.

Content No. 3, 2007

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