History as geography: In search for Russian identity

  • Mihhail Lotman Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu Jakobi 2, Tartu 51014 / School of Humanities, Tallinn University Uus-Sadama 5, Tallinn 10120
Keywords: betweenness, binary models, history, Russian culture, Russian space, semiotics of culture, split reality


This article addresses the notion of a Russian spacetime, in which the spatial parameters constitute one of the most important constant of history. This constant is not dependent on the governing ideology. What changes is the evaluative, that is, the most superficial, component; what is a matter of pride for some people, is a discredit to others. Yet nobody seems to contest the dominant of spatiality. In the article, a typology of this betweenness is offered; different Russian ideologists have used all options that are theoretically possible.


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Lotman, M. (2017). History as geography: In search for Russian identity. Sign Systems Studies, 45(3/4), 263-283. https://doi.org/10.12697/SSS.2017.45.3-4.04