Book Launch: Chasing Greatness

On behalf of the Institute of International Relations Prague, in cooperation with the Metropolitan University of Prague, we cordially invite you to the book launch and subsequent discussion of “Chasing Greatness: On Russia’s Discursive Interaction with the West over the Past Millennium” by Anatoly Reshetnikov.

13. 5. 2024 (17:00)

Jazyk: English Institute of International Relations, Nerudova 3, 118 00 Malá Strana

"Chasing Greatness: On Russia's Discursive Interaction with the West over the Past Millennium" authored by Anatoly Reshetnikov, presents an extensive exploration of the complex dynamics of Russian political identity and its historical interplay with the Western world. Drawing upon meticulous research and scholarly analysis, Dr. Reshetnikov offers a detailed examination of the concept of 'great power' (velikaya derzhava) throughout various epochs, spanning from the Soviet Union and the Russian Empire to Early Modern Muscovy and Kyivan Rus'.

The book scrutinises the notion of 'great power' throughout different historical periods. It offers nuanced perspectives on Russian greatness and its impact on the dynamics of international relations, prompting readers to critically analyze Russia's evolving position on the global stage. Through a nuanced historical lens, the book delves into the multifaceted nature of Russian greatness, shedding light on the underlying assumptions and evolving interpretations of political power and international influence.

Central to the discussion is an in-depth analysis of modern Putinism, its ideological underpinnings, and its implications for Russia's relationship with the West. By examining the historical precedents and contemporary manifestations of Russian political identity, the book provides valuable insights into the ongoing dialogue between Russia and the Western world.

"Chasing Greatness" not only offers a rich historical narrative but also serves as a thought-provoking exploration of Russia's enduring quest for greatness and its evolving role in global politics. With its fresh perspectives and scholarly rigour, the book invites readers to critically engage with the complexities of Russian political identity and its impact on international relations.

- Author: Anatoly Reshetnikov

- Discussant: Jacqueline Dufalla
(PhD Fellow, Metropolitan University Prague)
- Chair: Martin Laryš
(Deputy Research Director, Institute of International Relations)

About Dr Reshetnikov
Anatoly Reshetnikov demonstrates a keen research interest in political analysis encompassing linguistic, historical, cultural, and communicative dimensions. He is particularly drawn to critical theory, endorsing its goals of unveiling and addressing structural inequalities in economic, social, and political realms. Reshetnikov's academic focus lies in conceptual history, discourse analysis, and the politics of states within Central and Eastern Europe, with a specific emphasis on the post-Soviet sphere.



This event is co-organised with the Metropolitan University Prague.

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