A Russian Radical and East Asia in the Early Twentieth Century: Sudzilovsky, China, and Japan

  title={A Russian Radical and East Asia in the Early Twentieth Century: Sudzilovsky, China, and Japan},
  author={Vladimir V. Tikhonov},
  journal={Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review},
  • V. Tikhonov
  • Published 2016
  • Economics, History
  • Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review
This article deals with the noted Russian Narodnik revolutionary Nikolai Sudzilovsky-Russel (1850–1930), his views on China and Japan, and the background of those views in the Russian intellectual tradition. Russian revolutionaries tended to share many of the Eurocentric biases of their Westernizer (Zapadniki) mentors and often viewed Asia—East Asia included—as retrograde, Japan being seen as an exception. Russian Narodniks’ positive view of Japan was not unrelated to their belief in the… 
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