Saturday, February 11, 2012

Dugin and "occult dissident culture"

 A new article of mine on Dugin: Mark Sedgwick, “Occult Dissident Culture: The Case of Aleksandr Dugin.” In The New Age of Russia: Occult and Esoteric Dimensions, Birgit Menzel, Michael Hagemeister and Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal, ed.s (Munich: Otto Sagner, 2011), pp. 273-92.

The article argues that "A form of Traditionalism that is both distinctively Soviet and distinctively Russian ... lies at the heart of Dugin’s politics. This form of Traditionalism is, in important ways, a continuation into the post-Soviet era of one aspect of Soviet civilization, occult dissident culture."

Currently seems to be available only from the book's publisher, at


Anonymous said...

Another book for students of Russian occultism is a scarce and valuable volume by Maria Carlson, entitled No Religon Higher than Truth: A History of Theosophy in Russia 1875 - 1922, published by Princeton University Press, 1993

Highly valuable information about how Theosophy, predecessor of Guenonian Traditionalism, affected culture, society and several important writers and novelists in Russia's silver age.

A valuable comparison of the careers of Steiner and Besant and Blavatsky, with much material from Russian sources.

Sadly the book has long been out of print, but a person at Princeton University Press held out some hope of a reprint.

Ivo said...

The book, a reading sample and further informations can be found here:
Greetings, Ivo