UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Russian Messianism: Third Rome, Revolution, Communism and After by Peter J S Duncan

1 January 2017

From 4 June 2014

Russian Messianism is the view that the Russian people are the chosen people.

This idea has preoccupied some of the most well-known Russian writers for centuries.  Through suffering and adherence to Orthodox Christianity, the Russian people will redeem the errors of humanity.  

Published  by Routledge, this is the first book in English for half a century to analyse the complexities of Russian Messianism as a whole and its interaction with communism. Peter Duncan considers the orthodox roots of Messianism and also focuses on Russia’s geopolitical experience and situation to explain its endurance.  This unique work will be of great interest to those engaged in politics and Russian studies as well as professionals dealing with Russia.