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Political Construction Sites

Nation Building In Russia And The Post-soviet States, 1st Edition

By Pal Kolsto


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The dissolution of the Soviet Union has provided scholars with tremendously rich material for the study of comparative nation building. Not since the decolonization of Africa in the 1960s have so many new states been established in one stroke in one region. The post-Soviet states, moreover, have all the necessary prerequisites for fruitful comparis

Table of Contents

1 Introduction, 2 Nation-Building and Social Integration Theory, 3 Discovering the Centuries-Old State Tradition, 4 Nation, State, and Religion, 5 Integration or Alienation? Russians in the Former Soviet Republics, 6 Nation-Building in Two Bicultural States: Latvia and Kazakhstan, 7 Two Romanias, Two Moldovas, 8 Belarus: The Dog That Didn’t Bark, 9 Ukraine: Building a Nation on Marginal Differences, 10 Russia: The Old Center Versus the New— Versus the Periphery, 11 Comparisons and Conclusions

About the Author

Pal Kolsto is Professor in the Department of East European and Oriental Studies at the University of Oslo.

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