ChildhoodThe son of outstanding Silver Age poets Anna Akhmatova and Nikolay Gumilev Lev was born in Tsarskoe Selo, near St Petersburg. Lev Gumilev, Ethnogenesis and Eurasianism. ALEXANDER SERGEEVICH TITOV. University College London. School of Slavonic and Eastern European. Putin’s passing mention of the late Russian historian Lev Gumilev and this odd word passionarnost meant little to the uninitiated; but to those.

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To Gumilev, this was passionarnost. Get a fresh start. The fission phase, says Gumilev, started after the Fatherland War inand its hardest time was that of Soviet rule, when the ethnos’ entity had been lost and the bloodshed of the Civil War took place. This last phrase he adapted from the traditional term ” Tatar Yoke ” for the Mongol domination of medieval Russia, a term Gumilyov rejected for he did not regard the Mongol conquest as a necessarily negative event.

According to the theoretical scheme of the ethnogenesis, the situation which Russia is in now gives obvious enough hints to the direction of its political orientation.

As the president takes the stage, the applause from the audience is rapturous and sustained. After Stalin ‘s death, Gumilev joined the Hermitage Museumwhose director, Mikhail Artamonov, he would come to appreciate as his mentor.

But even among the criminals there was a tendency to distinguish the lawless from the law-abiding: In accordance with his pan-Asiatic theories, he supported the national movements of TatarsKazakhs, and other Turkic peoples, in addition to those of the Mongolians and other East Asians.

He had just enough time to participate in more archaeological expeditions, and defend his graduate thesis in Search the FT Search. In the course of time, according to the theory, the Mongol Empire experienced a sort of decay, and the Mongols finally handed the imperial torch to the Russians. In the article The Last EurasianistGumilev openly named himself an heir to the Eurasianist legacy: The emergence of social order from chaos that Gumilev witnessed made a profound impression on him, and formed a core part of the theory of history that would make him famous.


He spent most of his childhood with his paternal grandmother Anna Gumileva at Bezhetsk, in the Tver Region halfway between Moscow and St.

Later, being widely published since the start of Perestroika, Gumilev became virtually a cult figure in the Russian-speaking world.

His unorthodox ideas on the birth and death of ethnoses ethnic groups have given lsv to the political and cultural movement known as “Neo-Eurasianism. Gumilev’s contribution to Neo-Eurasianism lies in the conclusions he reaches from applying his theory of ethnogenesis: He has been championed both by Russian hardliners and by breakaway republics. This is a huge territory. His idea was based on the fact that, in some moments, certain outer, mostly natural, impulses e.

Neo-Eurasianism also has aspects of national mysticism, and emphasizes the opposition of a united Eurasia against the transatlantic West.

In Kazanfor example, a monument to him was opened in August Charles Clover March 11, After his release from the prison camp, Gumilev resumed his research and studied the history of the steppe and Central Asian nomads.

He labelled the U. He was a gumikev, geneticist, geographer, agronomist gumilrv plant breeder. Although many scholars find a number of serious contradictions and methodological flaws in Gumilev’s theories, his concepts have been legitimised in certain sections. Though a hardline Marxist, he idolised Akhmatova. In other words, nature itself sets apart the two cultural entities.

Gumilev argued that every ethnic group in history passed through the same stages from birth to climax, before slowing down to inertia.


Lev Gumilyov

He was accused of organizing a counter-revolutionary group among the youth. Llev to our newsletter! His parents, the two prominent poets Nikolay Gumilyov and Anna Akhmatovadivorced when Lev was 7 years old, and his father was executed when Lev was just 9.

Ideas that might, just a few years previously, have been considered marginal or even barking mad were suddenly the anchor of his most important speech of the year.

Lev Gumilev – New World Encyclopedia

World Show more World links. It is during the “acmatic” phases, when the national passionarity reaches its maximum heat, that the great conquests are made. However, Lev was again arrested in The passionarity of the Arabic world, on the other hand, is still high. On returning to Leningrad inhe was able to finish his undergraduate exams and move on to specialise in Oriental Studies, but the period of relative calm ended quickly, as his mother fell out of favour in during the Leningrad Affair.

Two years later, he defended his doctor’s thesis on ancient Turks. Shortly after his release inhe found a temporary job as a librarian in the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad.

During his mother’s persecution in the s, he was expelled from the Leningrad University and deported to gulagswhere he would spend most of his youth, from until Her son was sentenced to five years in a labor camp in Eastern Siberia.

During this period, the nation conquers territory for itself, sets up the national statehood and makes breakthroughs in science, technology and arts. In ss he participated in several expeditions to the Volga Delta and North Caucasus.