Malinov Alexey

V. I. Lamansky and Yu. F. Samarin: on the history of relationships

Malinov Alexey (2020) "V. I. Lamansky and Yu. F. Samarin: on the history of relationships ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia I : Bogoslovie. Filosofiia. Religiovedenie, 2020, vol. 87, pp. 49-69 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI202087.49-69


This article studies the history of relations of the two Slavophiles who belonged to two differenet generations, namely Yuriy Fyodorovich Samarin (1819‒1876) and Vladimir Ivanovich Lamanskiy (1833‒1914). The article shows the origins of the formation of Lamanskiy’s Slavophile views and specifi c features of his understanding of Slavophilism as well as his opinion about the origin of the Slavophile doctrine. It is demonstrated that initially Lamanskiy was an armchair Slavophile with a purely bookish interest, but his subsequent familiarisation with Slavic peoples, teaching Slavistics at St Petersburg University helped him develop an independent doctrine. Lamanskiy came to be the most prominent representative of Slavophilism in Petersburg and can be regarded as a scholar and an academic Slavophile. Drawing on his publications, letters and diaries, the article traces the history of his relations with Samarin. The latter, unlike I. S. Aksakov, did not come to be a link between Moscow and Petersburg Slavophiles and those who belonged to Slavophilism of diff erent generations. It should be taken into account that Lamanskiy and Samarin had diff erent backgrounds and diff erent occupations, but at the same time they had certain ideological and topic-related similarities, i.e. an interest in non-Slavonic population at the borders of the state, a broad understanding of Unia as a historical type or even a synonym of Westernism, criticism of the German “element”, inclination to practical activity, essayism. It is also shown that Lamanskiy’s views received a more conceptual expression in the framework of his political and geographical doctrine of the three worlds of civilisation.


Slavophilism, Slavic studies, Petersburg Slavophilism, problem of non-Slavonic population, generation, Samarin, Lamansky


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Malinov Alexey

Academic Degree: Doctor of Sciences* in Philosophy;
Academic Rank: Professor;
Place of work: St. Petersburg State University; 7/9 Universitetskaya emb., St. Petersburg, 199034, Russian Federation;
Post: Professor;
ORCID: 0000-0002-1252-9193;
Email: a.v.malinov@gmail.com.

*According to ISCED 2011, a post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc.) is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates.