TITLE

A LIFE WITH IMPERIAL DREAMS: PETR NIKOLAEVICH SAVITSKY, EURASIANISM, AND THE INVENTION OF "STRUCTURALIST" GEOGRAPHY

AUTHOR(S)
Glebov, Sergei
PUB. DATE
July 2005
SOURCE
Ab Imperio;2005, Issue 3, p299
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
An intellectual biography of Petr Nikolaevich Savitski (1895-1968), a pioneer in the development of Eurasianism, a movement that was born of the attempt to describe the heterogeneous expanse of the Russian Empire as a physically, culturally, and politically unified space distinct from Europe, Asia, and other politico-cultural geographical areas. Savitski left Russia in 1919 and sojourned briefly in Turkey and then Bulgaria before settling more or less permanently in Czechoslovakia, although after World War II he spent ten years in Soviet labor camps and on his release was permitted to return to Prague in 1956. In 1961, however, he was arrested by Czechoslovakia's political police, but was freed following an international campaign by supporters, friends, and well-wishers, which coincided with a purge in the ranks of the Czechoslovak Ministry of the Interior. Although Savitski was released, he never returned to scholarly activity and made a scant living by occasional translations and publications, without abandoning his belief in Eurasianism.
ACCESSION #
33007838

 

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