The breakup of the Soviet Union led to the creation of new states and territorial conflicts of different levels of intensity. Scrutinising the post‐Soviet period, this volume offers explanations for both the frequency and the intensity of crises in the region.
This book argues that the societies which emerged in the post-Soviet space share characteristic features, and that the instability and conflict-prone nature of the Soviet Union’s successor states can be explained by analysing the post-independence history of the region and linking it to the emergence of overlapping economic, political and violent crises (called 'Intersecting Crises Phenomena’). Transformation itself is shown to be a decisive process and, while acknowledging specific national and regional characteristics and differences, the authors demonstrate its shared impact. This comparison across countries and over time presents patterns of crisis and crisis management common to all the successor states. It disentangles the process, highlighting the multifaceted features of post-Soviet crises and draws upon the concept of crisis to determine the tipping points of post-Soviet development.
Especially useful for scholars and students dealing with the Soviet successor states, this book should also prove interesting to those researching in the fields of communist and post‐communist Studies, Eurasian politics, international relations and peace and conflict studies.
Table of Contents
- Crises in the Post-Soviet Space – From the Dissolution of the Soviet Union to an Area of ‘Intersecting Crises Phenomena’?
Felix Jaitner, Tina Olteanu, Tobias Spöri
PART I Mapping post-Soviet Crises
- The dissolution of the Soviet Union and its consequences
- Divergent Social and Economic Consequences of Transformation in Post-communist States
- Divergent Political-Economic Trajectories: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus
PART II Crises of Belongings
- Creating the History of the Future: Russian Historical Memory in the Era of the Ukrainian Crisis
- Ukraine: The Dynamics of Cross-Cutting Cleavages During Quadruple Transition
Olena Podolian and Valentyna Romanova
- Ethnic Divides in the Baltic States: Political Orientations after the Russian–Ukrainian Crisis
Joakim Ekman and Kjetil Duvold
- 'Stability's End: The Political Economy of Russia's Intersecting Crises Since 2009
- The making of Ukraine’s multilevel crisis: transnational capitalism, neoliberal kleptocrats, and dispossession
- Ukraine’s Frozen Transformation. State Capture, Nationalising Policies and Shifting Geopolitics
- "Decline of the Demos: Latvia, the Face of New Europe and Austerity’s Return"
PART IV Crises of Political Power
- Chechnya: A Study of a Post-Soviet Conflict
Emil Aslan Souleimanov, Jasper Schwampe and Sofie Bedford
- Azerbaijan between Post-Socialist Crisis and Fragile Stability
- Kazakhstan’s political and economic development and the role of the ruling elites
- Conclusion: The Ukraine conflict as a result of post-Soviet crises development
Felix Jaitner, Tina Olteanu, Tobias Spöri
About the Series
The last decade has seen rapid and fundamental change in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Although there has been considerable academic comment on these changes over the years, detailed empirical and theoretical research on the transformation of the post-Soviet space is only just beginning to appear as new paradigms are developed to explain change. Post-Soviet Politics is a series focusing on the politics of change in the states of the former USSR. The series publishes original work that blends theoretical development with empirical research on post-Soviet politics. The series includes work that progresses comparative analysis of post-Soviet politics, as well as case study research on political change in individual post-Soviet states. The series features original research monographs, thematically strong edited collections and specialized texts. Uniquely, this series brings together the complete spectrum of work on post-Soviet politics, providing a voice for academics world wide.
BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
- POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
- POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Russian & Former Soviet Union