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National Identity and Foreign Policy
Nationalism and Leadership in Poland, Russia and Ukraine

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  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511822629

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  • This book is based on the premise that the foreign policy of any country is heavily influenced by a society's evolving notions of itself. Applying his analysis to Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, the author argues that national identity is an ever-changing concept, influenced by internal and external events, and by the manipulation of a polity's collective memory. The interaction of the narrative of a society and its foreign policy is therefore paramount. This is especially the case in East-Central Europe, where political institutions are weak, and social coherence remains subject to the vagaries of the concept of nationhood. Ilya Prizel's study will be of interest to students of nationalism, as well as of foreign policy and politics in East-Central Europe.

    • Innovative study of the relationship between foreign policy and national identity in three major East European countries
    • There is a gap in the market for good studies of the foreign policies of the post-communist states
    • Will appeal to region specialists, but also to international relations people (foreign policy) and scholars of nationalism
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    • Winner of the 1999 Marshall Shulman Book Prize

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    'The work by Ilya Prizel is a theoretically sophisticated analysis of … how different strands of nationalism evolve in dialectic interaction with the outside world.' NOD and Conversion

    ' … Prizel's study bristles with thought-provoking insights …' Political Studies

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511822629
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: a statement of the arguments
    1. National identity and foreign policy: a dialectical relationship
    2. Polish identity 1795–1944: from romanticism to positivism to ethno-nationalism
    3. Poland after World War II: native conservatism and the return to Central Europe
    4. Polish foreign policy in perspective: a new encounter with positivism
    5. Russia's national identity and the accursed question: a strong state and a weak society
    6. Russian identity and the Soviet period
    7. Russia's foreign policy reconsidered
    8. Ukraine: the ambivalent identity of a submerged nation, 1654–1945
    9. Post-World War II Ukraine: birth pangs of a modern identity
    10. Foreign policy as a means of nation building.

  • Author

    Ilya Prizel, The Johns Hopkins University


    • Winner of the 1999 Marshall Shulman Book Prize

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