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Belarus in the Twenty-First Century
Between Dictatorship and Democracy



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ISBN 9781032318059
May 19, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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This book presents a comprehensive overview of current developments in Belarus. It explores how there has been an upswelling of popular support for the idea that Belarus must change. It highlights how the old regime, aiming to retain the Soviet legacy, reluctant to reform, presiding over worsening economic conditions and refusing to take measures to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, has been confronted by increasing bottom-up social mobilisation which demands a transformation of state-society relations and a new sense of Belarusian peoplehood. The book outlines how the current situation has developed, considers how the present demands for change are deep seated and long brewing trends, and reveals much detail about many aspects of the growing societal mobilisation. Overall, the book demonstrates that, although the old regime remains in power, Belarusian society has changed fundamentally, thereby bringing great hope that change will eventually come about.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

Introduction by Elena Korosteleva, Irina Petrova and Anastasya Kudlenko

Part I. HISTORY, IDENTITY & POLITICS REVISITED

CH.1 ‘Political Symbols and Concepts of Statehood in the Modern History of Belarus’ by Andrej Kotlijarchuk, Andrej Radaman and Elena Sinitsyna

CH.2 ‘The "Genoside of Belarusians" and the Survival of Lukashenka’s Regime’ by David R. Marples and Veranika Laputska

CH.3 ‘The Soviet Roots of the 2020 Protests: The Unlikely History of Belarusian Civic Nationalism’ by Natalya Chernyshova

CH.4 ‘Foreign Policy Manifestations of Belarus’ 2020 Protest Movement: In-Betweenness as Usual?’ by Huawei Zheng

Part II. Socio-economic and institutional landscapes

CH.5 ‘Stolen decades: the unfulfilled expectations of the Belarusian economic miracle’ by Aleś Alachnovič and Julia Korosteleva

CH.6 ‘COVID-19 in Belarus: Plotocs, Protests, and Public Health’ by Christopher Gerry and Cora Neumann

CH.7 ‘The Belarusian Judicial System: What Can We Learn from Georgia and Ukraine’s Struggle for the Independent Judiciary?’ by Liudmila D’Cruz, Liudmila Kazak and Pavel Kuryan

CH.8 ‘Belarusian Law as an Agent of Change’ by Thomas Kruessman and Anna S.

Part III. Reclaiming public space and fostering peoplehood

CH.9 ‘Civil Society, Social Movements and Political Changes in Belarus in 2020 and after’ by Tatsiana Chulitskaya and Eleanor Bindman

CH.10 ‘Soceital Self-Organisation in Belarus: The rise of peoplehood in 2020’ by Elena Korosteleva and Irina Petrova

CH.11 ‘Activating and Negotiating Women’s Citizenship in the 2020 Belarusian Uprising’ by Elena Gapova

CH.12 ‘Tracing the Emergence of Peoplehood in Belarus and Ukraine: A Comparative Study’ by Anastasiia Kudlenko

Conclusion. ‘Where Does Belarus Go From Here?’ by Victor Shadurski

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Biography

Elena A. Korosteleva is Professor of International Politics and Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, UK

Irina Petrova is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, UK

Anastasiia Kudlenko is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, UK