The Putin Doctrine? How the Ideas of a 20th Century Thinker Ostracized by the Soviets Help to Shape Russia’s New Foreign Policy — Valdai Club

 The Putin Doctrine? How the Ideas of a 20th Century Thinker Ostracized by the Soviets Help to Shape Russia’s New Foreign Policy — Valdai Club
In recent years, Vladimir Putin has mentioned several times the ideas of Lev Gumilev – one of the fathers of modern Eurasianism – in the context of the roles of civilization and cultural factors in Russian domestic politics.


In an article ostensibly about Ukraine, published last week, the Russian president expanded Gumilev’s initial argument, outlining what we might now call Putin’s Civilizational Doctrine in International Relations.


Before analyzing this doctrine’s key points and potential international consequences, let me take a step back to briefly trace its roots. Why Gumilev, and why now?


Lev Gumilev was the son of Russian literary icon Anna Akhmatova and Nikolay Gumilev, a tsarist officer and poet. He became a prominent social geographer, ethnographer, and anthropologist whose work focused on the role of culture, history, geography, and spirituality in the process of the…

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