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Slavophiles versus Westernizers

 

The Great Debate of 1830s-1840s

 
Slavophiles: upheld the supremacy of Russia's cultural and social institutions (the peasant commune, the Orthodox Christianity, old forms of social life and state organisation
Westernizers: argued that Russia was not unique and advanced along the European path; eventually it would close the gap with Western Europe
 

Ideological Polarisation of the Early 1990s

 
Communists (traditionalists): Russias own way based on its Soviet and pre-Soviet past
Democrats (reformers): radical liberal solutions based on Western economic and political patterns
 
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