Russophobia and Judophobia Backlash in Extremist Russian Nationalism, 1987-1990

Date of Award

Spring 5-1992

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science & Geography


Graduate Program in International studies

Committee Director

Philip S. Gillette

Committee Member

Mary Ann Tetreault

Committee Member

Patrick J. Rollins

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.I45M67


In the late 1980s the former Soviet Union witnessed an increase in Russian nationalist extremist activity. Russian nationalist extremism was a backlash against a perceived decline in Russian status and a re-evaluation of such basic concepts as what it means to be Russian. Two manifestations of this backlash were russophobia and judophobia.

This thesis employs concepts used by American sociologists Seymour Martin Lipset and Earl Raab in their study of right-wing extremist groups in the United States to gain new insight into the nature of Russian nationalist extremism. Primary sources used include the writings of important Russian nationalists including Igor Shafarevich and Valentin Rasputin.


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