Starman: Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin by Jamie Doran, Piers Bizony

By Jamie Doran, Piers Bizony

On April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin grew to become the 1st human in background to go away the Earth's surroundings and enterprise into house. This biography relies on fabric from delicate KGB documents and limited files from the Russian house experts. It encompasses a variety of interviews.

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Rejecting the possibility of a universal civilisation, the Eurasians pointed out the detrimental impact of the expanding European (Romano-Germanic) culture on other civilisations. This being the case, Nikolai Danilevsky’s view of the contagious rotten Europe was more or less revived. Russia’s future was considered to be in the East. As a concept Eurasia was defined as a politically, historically and culturally indivisible territory which more or less coincided with that of imperial Russia. It constituted an organic and harmonic totality and needed protection from alien cultural influences.

Liberalism and liberal democracy were rejected. Instead a corporative system of society was suggested. ). However, with all the proximity to national socialism, the NTS had an ideological profile of its own. The NTS in the 1930s and during World War II was strongly influenced by the ideas of Ivan Il’in, a former professor of philosophy at Moscow University who had been expelled from Russia in 1922. In pamphlets and articles Il’in professed a ‘white activism’ of sorts; in fact, he advocated the armed overthrow of the Bolshevik regime by a revolutionary minority.

In the long run, people simply were not willing to renounce all worldly goods for ideological slogans that held out the prospect of a bright, but distant, utopia. At the same time, this tendency of adopting certain patterns of Western life style was paralleled by a national awakening among Russian-minded intellectuals who adopted a traditionalist attitude towards Russia’s prerevolutionary past. As a consequence, a disguised rightist Russian nationalism was emerging in the Soviet Union in the late 1960s and gradually developed into an overt opposition, offering an alternative to the official ideology of the Brezhnev regime as well as to the Western ideas of liberalisation and democratisation of the Soviet society.

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