MOROZOV I.L. Theory of Ultra-Long War Cycles by V.L. Tsymbursky as a Tool of Modern Geopolitical Analysis


Ilya L. Morozov

Doctor of Sciences (Politics), Associate Professor, Professor,

Department of Public Administration and Political Science, Volgograd Institute of Management, Branch of Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration,

Gagarina St., 8, 400131 Volgograd, Russian Federation

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Abstract. Introduction. The purpose of this article is to return the concept of ultra-long military cycles (hereinafter referred to as ULMS) by Russian political scientist, philosopher and philologist Vadim L. Tsymbursky (1957–2009) to the methodological toolkit of modern political science and use it to identify potential key threats to the modern international security system.

Methods and materials. The article makes a hypothesis about the early termination of the last of the ULMS selected by V.L. Tsymbursky, which began with the invention of a nuclear weapon in 1945 and was characterized by the predominance of possibilities of destruction over mobilization – the so-called “depressed” ULMS. This type of ULMS is characterized by the absence of large-scale long-lasting wars, the stability of the world political system.

Analysis. The author of the article argues that under the influence of scientific and technical discoveries in the field of armaments (high-precision weapons combined with low-yield nuclear warheads, “swarm weapons”, cybernetic weapons, biological weapons, the global missile defense system) and socio-political technologies (manipulating flows of refugees, “hybrid war”, global weakening of national identities and social stratification of nations with the formation of “international elites”), the great powers are able to overcome the “nuclear impasse” and the world political system may enter the phase of increased risk of developing a full-scale world war.

Results. In the coming decades, the world may enter the stage of an “expansive” ULMS, characterized by the return to the rate on mobilization resources as the main factor in the military-political confrontation. According to the author, one of the most effective ways to peacekeeping is the development of public diplomacy, multilateral international contacts at the level of non-state actors.

Key words: ultra-long war cycle, mobilization, destruction, geopolitics, Tsymbursky, war, peace, international

Citation. Morozov I.L. Theory of Ultra-Long War Cycles by V.L. Tsymbursky as a Tool of Modern Geopolitical Analysis. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 4. Istoriya. Regionovedenie. Mezhdunarodnye otnosheniya [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. History. Area Studies. International Relations], 2019, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 268-280. (in Russian). DOI:

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