This book is a study of the causes of the fall of the Soviet empire. It relates the story of Soviet nationalities policy from the 1920s to the mid-1980s and focuses on the strategies and instruments the Soviet leadership employed to integrate the "Soviet" nations and to keep the empire together.
1. Introduction 2. Nation-Building 3. "Great-Russian Chauvinism" and the Nationalism of the Other Peoples 4. Agricultural Collectivization and the Famine 5. Industrialization and Migration 6. Stalin's "Solution" to the Nationalities Issue 7. War 8. De-Stalinization 9. A New Nationalism