'WEST' AND 'EAST' IN ETHNIC ROMANITICIZM OF LUDOVIT STUR
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The paper gives an analytical description of the ideology of the Slavonic spirit as an essence of a culture. The principles of this ideology, from which a pretension on historical mission has been derived, was articulated by Russian Slavophils. In his writing 'Slavism and the world of future' Ludovit Stúr outlines this ideology to the Central-European Slavs as well as to justify the need of adopting pan-Russian Slavism. His vocabulary and style are marked by the political romanticism, while his conceptual map embodies dichotomies such as West/East, we/the others, religion/secularism. He finds the West to be in the state of the political and the moral decline, while the East (the Russian Slavism) is seen by him as the ground of a new civilization. The back-ground of this way of thinking is his conservative utopism.
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