Power and Society in Russia: Competition, Confrontation, Cooperation

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Abstract. The relationship between the state and society in Russia is one of the central plots of its history. This dynamic causes different and sometimes diametrically opposite assessments. The discussion offered to the readers of the magazine presents a wide range of approaches to the consideration of the eternal Russian dispute. Did the Russian state in various forms of its existence monopolize the subjectivity of national history? Is it possible to say that society in Russia was suppressed by the authorities or, on the contrary, from time to time it challenged the state and contributed to its collapse? In what periods did the government and society enter into mutually beneficial cooperation and on what terms? All these issues are discussed by the participants of the discussion. They offer different versions of the answers, which, of course, are not an attempt to make final and unconditional verdicts. The discussion offers historians, specialists in international relations, political scientists and sociologists to continue the polemic in the future.

Keywords: Russia, state, power, civil society, mono-subjectivity, intellectual elite, intelligentsia, Cossacks.

For citation: Markedonov S.M., Ryabov A.V., Kurilla I.I., Bordyugov G.A. Power and Society in Russia: Competition, Confrontation, Cooperation, in Novoe Proshloe / The New Past. 2022. No. 2. Pp. 204–242. DOI 10.18522/2500‑3224‑2022‑2-204-242.

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