Russia And The Soviet Union

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While it is difficult to argue that Russia is not unique, it is also inappropriate to say that Russia was solely influenced by outside forces. For example, Russia remained a backwards feudal state, a state where the nobility owned land and serfs stayed on the land in exchange for labor and produce, while other Western nations were progressing. This would not necessarily point to saying that Russia is unique in the sense that it lacked progression, but it did speak to how little influence it had received from other nations. Although feudalism is Russia ended in 1861, remnants of it still remained in the form of economic inequality and population division. This is a common theme that remained throughout Russian history until the Bolshevik…show more content…
It is the middle ground of Europe and Asia, and as a result, which cultural aspects to draw from had a great deal of influence over Russian culture. For example, Peter the Great’s transformation of Russia into a more modernized Europeanized nation had some traces of cultural inferiority. The only need to modernize and imitate a nation into a replica of a European state is because there is a sense of loss of identity. This is important to understanding the key similarities and differences that played out when comparing and contrasting Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. Due to geographical isolation of Russia, many Russians were xenophobic; however, much of the xenophobia has to do with a lack of national identity. Many failed to accept Orthodoxy as their one unified faith, and while religion played a big role in the unification of people in Western nations, it did trouble withstanding on its own. After the dramatic changes imposed on by Peter the Great for Europeanization of Russia, behavior towards Russia’s image as a European nation altered. For instance, Western nations held a supremacist view of themselves, and the idea of enforcing cultural superiority over the East was also adopted by Russians. Western nations did not view Russia as a true European country, and Russia’s new identity was dismissed. “The reluctance of Europe to accept Russia as one of
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